Hunter Gas Pipeline, now owned by Santos, has lodged an application for an Authority to Survey with the NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change.

An Authority to Survey allows the applicant to enter properties for the purposes of carrying out testing and survey works. This data will then allow the company to determine the appropriate placement and any problems with the pipeline.

If Santos is successful in securing an Authority to Survey, there are strict terms that they must follow to allow for lawful entry. In addition, the application process includes an 8-week consultation period in which land holders can propose further conditions for the Minister for Energy to consider adding to any

The NSW Office of Energy and Climate change has begun posting letters to all affected landholders inviting them to make a submission. For each lot affected by the ATS application, the landholder will be supplied  with a Unique ID that they must quote to make a submission.

Your submissions may address existing standard access conditions to your property, biosecurity concerns, Work Health and Safety issues, notice periods for access and any additional reasonable conditions that you feel are necessary should surveyors need to enter your property.

The consultation period begins on 15 August 2022 and closes at 4pm on 3 October 2022.

We anticipate that there will be a significant number of submissions made to the NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change. Addressing this matter early will allow time for Minister to consider your requests.

If you would like to make a submission to the NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change, please contact our offices on (02) 6545 3339 or email Leah on leah@morganenglish.com.au as a matter of urgency and we will get started on the drafting of a submission on your behalf.

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