Engaging local landowners and traditional owners
AWE engages with local landowners from the outset to understand requirements and mitigate any impacts that might occur as a result of exploration and development activities.
What happens when drilling occurs on a landowner’s property?
AWE understands that by undertaking exploration or development activities on local properties there may be a disruption to cropping or grazing programs and seeks to minimise any disruption and fairly compensate landowners.
AWE negotiates voluntary land access agreements with landowners on the relevant property where the drilling is taking place. With most of AWE’s drilling locations situated on land previously cleared for agricultural use, we rarely need to clear any native vegetation. Once we are no longer using a site, we rehabilitate the area as agreed with the landowner.
What is the expected process once a voluntary land access agreement has been made?
Prior to any clearing or site activities, the project specific Environment Plan, which addresses rehabilitation requirements, is reviewed and assessed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
The rehabilitation requirements are based on results of environmental studies undertaken to establish baseline conditions. The land is rehabilitated under regulations established by the DWIRS and in consultation with the landowner until completion criteria have been achieved.
What is the area of ground disturbance and clearance used to drill a well?
The ground disturbance area is minimised and usually takes place in an area which has been previously cleared for agricultural purposes. Generally, the ground disturbance is required for constructing an access road, water bore access and the well pad which typically results in a total footprint between 3 – 5 hectares in size of which the well pad is about 1.8ha.
Traditional Owner engagement
AWE consults with traditional owners through its comprehensive stakeholder engagement program. Traditional owners are engaged to monitor early ground works and help ensure conservation of any heritage values.