Environmental groups are calling on the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council to establish laws that will give landholders the right to say no to coal and gas exploration on their land.
The group met last Friday to discuss the issue.
Ian Moore, a Hunter Valley farmer, has backed the call saying agricultural land and water resources need to be protected.
“We must protect our high quality land and our water and the only way to do it is no access,” he said.
“No it’s not available for mining or exploration.
Mr Moore successfully stopped mining company NuCoal from exploring for coal on his farm and it was eventually found the coal licence over his land was issued corruptly.
He said a lack of clarity around landholders’ rights is causing undue frustration for everyone involved.
“The law should have been changed a long time ago by the government,” he said.
“The government’s the only one that can do this and I think it’s sad actually what’s been happening.”