Factsheets

Oil & gas: exploration activities on private land - minimum impact activity

This fact sheet offers a basic guide to the rights and obligations of landowners and permit-holding companies where access to private land is sought for what is defined in legislation as ‘minimum impact activity’ related to prospecting and exploration for oil and gas reserves. There is a brief overview of the processes involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas, as well as discussion of the options available to farmers to protect and enhance their interests when approached for access to their land by a permit-holding company.