Reverse Decision

By Eric Haurupma – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The Gulf LNG Elk-Antelope Bluff Landowners Association are questioning the National Government’s position in the Papua LNG Project.

They want the Government and the developers to reverse their decision to pipe gas to Caution Bay in the Central Province.

In light of this, the Gulf LNG Elk-Antelope Bluff Land Owners Association maintained that there will be no gas piped to Caution Bay in the Central Province.

They said gas from the Papua LNG projects must only be processed in the Gulf Province.

On behalf of the people of Gulf Province they have welcomed developers TOTAL SA and Inter Oil’s interest and the Government’s commitment in this project.

However, Gulf LNG Elk-Antelope Bluff Land Owners Association Chairman, Tom Toutoren, said there are outstanding land owner issues that need to be settled prior to commencing the project.

In addition, they said the National and Provincial Government and foreign investors must take responsible action of clan vetting for land owners.

These include land demarcation, social mapping, cultural heritage studies, birth registration and incorporated land owner group certificates.

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