LNG A Curse For Landowners

Elders of the Tuguba Tribe of Hela Province who are responsible for the area supplying over 75 percent of liquefied natural gas for the PNG LNG project, say the project is the biggest blunder for their people and the country.

The leaders met today and expressed anger over the export of the gas last week, saying a trial is due at the national court next month for an agreement to be reached about their benefits.


The Representative of Hides, PDL 1 and 7, Angore and Juha, washed their hands to show that they have not given their consent to produce and export LNG from their land.


They washed their hands in disappointment. They said there is no agreement in place as yet, about the direct benefits of their resources.


The leaders maintain that there are so many questions that are yet to be answered, and so many commitments yet to be honored. They said they were not aware of the shipment of the first LNG gas as well.


The Tuguba tribe of the Hela Province will supply over 75% of LNG for the PNG LNG Project. The gas fields that the tribe sits on are the Hides PDL 1 and 7, Angore PDL 8 and Juha PDL 9.


Their consent on this matter is scheduled to go on trial at the National Court house next month.

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