16. Consent of owner or trustees required in certain cases for exploration etc.
(1) A permittee, holder of a drilling reservation, access authority or special prospecting authority, lessee or licensee shall not enter upon any land to which this section applies for the purpose of¾
(a) exploring for petroleum; or
(b) carrying out operations for the recovery of petroleum,
unless the consent in writing of the owner or trustees, as the case may be, of the land has been first obtained.
(1a) This section applies to land that is comprised in the permit, drilling reservation, access authority, special prospecting authority, lease or licence and is ¾
(a) private land not exceeding 2 000 square metres in extent;
(b) used as a cemetery or burial place; or
(c) less than 150 metres in lateral distance from any cemetery or burial place, reservoir or any substantial improvement.
(2) For the purposes of this section ¾
(a) }reservoir~ includes any natural or artificial storage or accumulation of water, spring, dam, bore, and artesian well; and
(b) the Minister is the sole judge of whether any improvement is substantial.
[Section 16 amended by No. 94 of 1972 s.4; No. 12 of 1990 s.11; No. 78 of 1990 s.7; No. 73 of 1994 s.4; No. 14 of 1996 s.4; No. 17 of 1999 s.24.]