Gas, oil law eyed to plug loophole for landowners

Armed clan near Komo, Hela Province, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Michael Main

If full-scale mapping and identification was not done why did the Department of Petroleum approve the PNG LNG?

Could Kepsey Puiye and Fabian Pok please explain?

Lemach Lavari | The National aka The Loggers Times | 1 June 2018

There is no provision in the Oil and Gas Act to penalise companies which fail to carry out full landowner identification before the development of resources, according to Department of Petroleum assistant secretary Kepsey Puiye.

He said yesterday that Section 47 of the Oil and Gas Act directed project developers to undertake full-scale social mapping and landowner identification.

Puiye said that was not done for the PNG LNG project.

He said he had advised Petroleum Minister Dr Fabian Pok to amend the Act right away.

“Our gas potential is very huge and we cannot continue to do business under the existing arrangement,” Puiye said.

“We want to improve on the way we conduct business and to get the maximum benefit so that we can develop and modernise our country.”

Pok said his department was in the process of setting up a petroleum authority.

“The bill is now going to come before the National Executive Council,” he said.

“We are working to ensure that the act and the bill for an authority complement each other.”

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Filed under Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Gas, oil law eyed to plug loophole for landowners

  1. Rodney Kameata

    I did the independent review of the SMLI studies done by Lawrence Goldman, and there were gaps in their academic studies, the Technical details were never addressed that DPE required information on. Politicians took over the role of DPE  as the regulator, thats why in the Papua LNG project – we have been undertaking this studies to ensure that things are done properly and process is not rushed  Regards Rodney 

  2. Gee Mail

    Good to hear about these things but I’d say the State ought to be doing the landowner mapping and not the developer as its the State’s responsibility to look after its citizens. How can you give a task like that to a developer? Surely it’s not right.

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