Reblogged this on The Climax and commented:
Exxon busy destroying tribal land in Papa New Guinea
Very true, but be considerate here. Exxon hasn’t said anything about not supporting or helping in relief aid. Its just waiting for our government to get their act together and lead by example. After that maybe Exxon may come in and help..who knows?? Exxon is not backing down and that’s for sure, but I stringly recommend that Exxon respect the Landowners and our culture and Resettlement should be the first agenda to look at when they come in too address thus issue.
Yankee doodle came to town riding on a pony..stuck a feather on his hat and called it PNG LNG Project…so now he can bulldoze with his six gun blazing….what is happening ?? or are we still ba ba black sheep have you any wool, yes sa yes sa masta.. three bags full..
PNG , time to dig in and defend your try line.. before the country of origin grand final against the mother country and her rebellious offspring’s (UK,USA and Australia) is over and EHL, OSL etc walk over our resources…. parliament should pass the Kondra bill… and ensure the independence of the constitution of PNG……Arise all you sons of this land, let us FIGHT (intellectually, legally,physically ???) for our choice to be free….
It appears from this photo that there is sign of human activity, perhaps extraction of quarry at the top end of the land slip. Can anybody in the know confirm or deny that it is the location of the extraction of quarry? It also looks like a road used to pass though the location of the land slip to the start of it. If this is confirmed then I have no doubt in my mind that human interference with and weakness caused to the structure and formation of the land exposed it to huge landslides during heavy rainfalls.
A few facts – sadly missing so far. There has been a quarry on this site since 1970. Used by Australian administration and SHP Provincial Government to build the Komo to Tari road. The road buried in the foreground is the Komo-Tari road. The Tumbi stream rose in the quarry and flowed down from it is now rising from out of the debris. Recently people cleared very steep land above the quarry for houses and gardens hoping to get paid the large amounts (>K40,000) that people who have to be resettled receive. The last month or so has been very wet. Large landslides have occurred nearby. One around 1960 blocked the Tagari River. One near Komo buried an unknown number of people between 1935 Iwhen Jack Hides came through) and 1960. What caused this one? We will probably never know. It has buried the main access road to the gas plant site and Komo, stopping work on the project. Why would ExxonMobil not care about this happening? Finally the GoPNG wanted to sell the gas and brought in ExxonMobil to extract it and transport it to the market. Sure Exxon might make a profit, but so will PNG. The Oil& Gas Act sets out exactly how the landowners must be dealth with and independent lawyers mnitor all trasnactions between ExxonMobil and the landowners. The GoPNG has thus far been conspicuous by its absence on this project.
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