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Arrow Energy hit with $1m CSG fine


Arrow Energy has been hit with a $1 million fine from the State Government over breaches to regulations at its Surat Basin coal seam gas operations.

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The fine relates primarily to an incident in which Arrow drilled wells underneath a property without first approaching the property owners.

The incident caused a stir in the gasfields and Arrow later admitted fault.

However, other incidents were also used in calculating the fine.

Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the department had concluded its investigation but added that the Gasfield Commission was still investigating issues relating to subsidence apparently caused by CSG operations.

Stewart said the significance of the $1 million fine took into account Arrow’s indiscretions.

“As a Government we make no apologies for holding business to account if they do the wrong thing,” Stewart said.

“Arrow Energy has acknowledged it has made mistakes in the past and in more recent times the company has taken tangible steps towards fostering genuine coexistence with landholders impacted by their operations.

“A line will now be drawn under this historical behaviour for industry and the focus from now is ensuring that this won’t happen again.”

Arrow is owned by Shell and PetroChina.

Landholders in the region remain angry but mostly with the State Government.

Community advocate Tabitha Karp said a robust framework should have been in place before the CSG industry was established.

“This highlights the Queensland Government’s incompetence and ineptitude in giving approval to a resource activity that should never have taken place on rich agricultural land in the first place,” she said.


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