State Environmental Planning Policy (Mining, Petroleum Production and Extractive Industries) 2007
9A Coal seam gas development prohibited in certain exclusion zones
(1) Despite any other provision of this Policy or any other environmental planning instrument, the carrying out of coal seam gas development is prohibited on or under the following land:(a) land within a coal seam gas exclusion zone,(b) land within a buffer zone.(2) This clause does not apply to or in respect of coal seam gas development on or under an area of land listed in Schedule 2.(3) A local council may request that the Minister recommend to the Governor that this Policy be amended to list an area of land in Schedule 2.Note.Subclauses (2) and (3) enable local councils to identify areas of land to be exempted from the coal seam gas development prohibition contained in this clause. This council-initiated exemption or “opt out” takes effect when this Policy is amended to include in Schedule 2 a description of the area of land concerned.(4) Nothing in this clause prevents the carrying out of development on land within a buffer zone for the purposes of a pipeline that is ancillary to coal seam gas development.(5) In this clause:buffer zone means land that is not within a coal seam gas exclusion zone, but is within 2 kilometres of the following land:(a) land within a residential zone,(b) future residential growth area land,(c) additional rural village land.Note.There is no buffer zone surrounding critical industry cluster land.coal seam gas exclusion zone means any of the following areas of land:(a) land within a residential zone,(b) future residential growth area land,(c) additional rural village land,(d) critical industry cluster land.