Lanholders lock gate to Bowen Energy exploration

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A group of QLD landholders have locked their gates to mining exploration by Bowen Energy.

Sydney based Geos Mining has been contracted by Bowen to complete the exploration on land that runs between Nanango and Cooyar, northwest of Brisbane.

Landholder Trevor Pincott told the Toowoomba Chronicle mining companies had not been completely upfront in their dealings with landowners.

“The company approaches us one at a time and only tells you the bare minimum of information,” he said.

“You then have to discover the rest of the picture for yourself.”

Pincott said he did not feel comfortable with Government and company assurances about exploration.

“Everyone who has mining exploration on the land begins to see their future differently,” he said.

Independent member for Nanango John Dalton told a local landholders meeting recently the Queensland government’s Land Access Code had been the source of much frustration for farmers.

Several weeks ago the Queensland government announced it would be investing $300,000 to provide free legal aid to landholders in their dealings with resource companies.

On Monday the NSW Farmers Association told the state’s coal seam gas parliamentary inquiry that landowners should be able to veto access to their land.

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