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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Santos disingenuous on coal seam gas royalties

JEREMY BUCKINGHAM MLC - MEDIA RELEASE
5 January 2012

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham has hit back at
Santos' claims on coal seam gas royalties saying Santos spokesperson
Matthew Doman claims where either disingenuous or highlights a lack of
understanding of the financial contribution resources projects make to
governments and communities, after he told Sky Business yesterday that
Santos would start paying royalties once they entered the production
phase.

In NSW there is a royalty holiday for the first 5 years of production.
In the 6th year a royalty rate of 6% applies, rising 1% per year to 10%
from the 10th year onwards.

Mr Dorman told Sky News "That's right, you pay royalties once you enter
the production phase", omitting the very important fact that there is a
five year royalty holiday for petroleum products in NSW where the
Pilliga project is located.

"Santos are trying to spin their way out of the fact that NSW taxpayers
will be ripped off in terms of the return they'll get for the
exploitation of this gas resource.  Yet it is the community that will
bear the risks to water, agriculture and the environment," said Greens
MP Jeremy Buckingham.

"For the first five years of each coal seam gas well, when production
of gas is likely to be highest, Santos will not pay one red cent in
royalties.

"Barry O'Farrell and Mike Baird need to answer why coal seam gas
operators pay nothing in NSW for the first five years, yet Queenslanders
get 10% in royalties from day one.  The Queensland royalty rate
certainly hasn't slowed the industry up there.

"In 2010 the only producing coal seam gas field in NSW, AGL's Camden
project with around 80-90 producing wells paid only $462,093 in
royalties in 2009-2010.   How many wells is Santos planning in NSW to
deliver their promised $150 million a year in royalties?"

Contact: Max Phillips - 9230 2202  or  0419 444 916

Minerals Royalty revenue in NSW 2005 – 2010: http://bit.ly/z3TgGu

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2007
Current version for 2 September 2011 to date (accessed 5 January 2012
at 12:21)

Part 7Clause 23

23   Rate of royalty: section 85
(1)  For the purposes of section 85 (2) of the Act, the prescribed
annual rate of royalty is as follows:
(a)  for the first 5 years from the first commercial production
date—nil,
(b)  for the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th years from the first commercial
production date—6%, 7%, 8% and 9%, respectively, of the value at the
well-head of the petroleum,
(c)  for the 10th and subsequent years from the first commercial
production date—10% of the value at the well-head of the petroleum.
(2)  For the purposes of this clause:
(a)  the first commercial production date is the date on which
commercial production of petroleum first began on the land to which the
petroleum title relates, and
(b)  a period of time referred to in subclause (1) is to be calculated
inclusive of the first commercial production date, and
(c)  the prescribed annual rate of royalty is to be determined only by
reference to the first commercial production date and not by reference
to the date or dates on which commercial production of petroleum began
in relation to each well on the land to which the petroleum title
relates.

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