Barnaby Joyce yet to sell land next to
coal seam gas exploration site
'Santos has told me they are not exploring for gas on my place – they are on the
place next door,' says agriculture minister
8 January 2014
The Guardian - The agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, is yet to sell a
property near Narrabri in New South Wales over which Santos holds coal seam gas
exploration leases, but says the company has told him it intends to drill on the
farm next door and not on his place.
Joyce bought his first property at Gwabegar in 2006 for $230,000 and added an
adjoining parcel of land in 2008 for $342,000.
As Santos stepped up coal seam gas exploration he conceded the holdings raised
conflict of interest concerns and last August he put the properties on the
But in his latest statement of pecuniary interests, the member for New England
reveals he still holds the properties and adds a footnote “if exploration for
gas proceeds on our place Yarranbindi it is on neighbouring PEL [petroleum
Eastern Star has explored for gas in the Pilliga forest, in which Gwabegar sits,
Former Nationals leader John Anderson became chairman of that company in 2007.
It was bought by Santos in 2011.
Joyce has always said he had no knowledge of the CSG potential of the area when
he bought his land.
Santos got state and federal approval for drilling exploration wells in the
Pilliga last year and believes the Pilliga development could supply 25% of NSW’s