When a company plans to develop a resource and use of private land is required, they must work out lease agreements and compensation amounts with private landowners. These discussions do not always lead to positive resolutions and may require some assistance to come to an agreement.
The Surface Rights Board (SRB) is a tribunal that has been given jurisdiction under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act (PNG Act) to grant a company a Right of Entry to private property if entry is required for an oil and gas activity. It also has the authority to resolve disputes between landowners and oil and gas companies on other issues pertaining to surface access.
Mediation would first be attempted to resolve such disputes and if parties are not able to come to an agreement, the SRB Board Member may refer it to arbitration. More information on steps taken to resolve issues can be found on the SRB website.