Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 No 84
Current version for 1 July 2014 to date (accessed 28 November 2014 at 12:17)
Part 4ASection 69U

69U   Change in landholders etc

(1)  An access arrangement with 2 or more landholders does not terminate because one of those landholders ceases to be a landholder of the land concerned.
(2)  An access arrangement does not terminate because a person becomes a landholder of all or any part of the land concerned after the arrangement was agreed or determined.
(3)  An access arrangement does not run with the land, and accordingly a person does not (except as provided by this section) become a party to the access arrangement merely because the person becomes a landholder of any of the land after the access arrangement was agreed or determined.
(4)  If, after an access arrangement has been agreed or determined, a person becomes a landholder of any of the land to which the arrangement applies in addition to another landholder who continues to be a party to the arrangement, the provisions of the arrangement (other than those relating to the payment of compensation) apply to the new landholder as if the new landholder were a party to the arrangement, but only if the holder of the prospecting title concerned has given the new landholder a copy of the access arrangement.
(5)  If the new landholder objects to the arrangement within 28 days after being given a copy of the arrangement, the access arrangement ceases to apply to the new landholder when whichever of the following first happens:
(a)  the new landholder agrees to an access arrangement with the holder of the prospecting title concerned in accordance with this Part,
(b)  an arbitrator is appointed and determines an access arrangement in relation to the new landholder in accordance with this Part,
(c)  at the end of the period of 60 days after the new landholder objects, an access arrangement has not been so agreed or determined.

However, if an arbitrator is appointed or an application for review of the determination of the arbitrator is made, the arbitrator or Land and Environment Court (as the case requires) may continue the existing access arrangement (with or without variation) until the determination of the arbitration or review.

(6)  Nothing in this section prevents an access arrangement being agreed or determined in respect of a proposed new landholder.
Top of page