Landowners oppose Lae’s coal-fired project

“We landowners of the Markham Valley, people of Papua New Guinea, we do not want coal-fired power or coal mining in our country”.

The National aka The Loggers Times | October 26, 2018

Markham Valley biomass landowners from Morobe have resisted the coal-fired project in Lae, spearheaded by Energy Minister Sam Basil and Lae MP John Rosso.

They travelled to Port Moresby this week to hold meetings with PNG Power Ltd and Government departments over the delay with the biomass project to which they have committed land.

Chairman Sam Meyab, of the Zif Faring Business Group, said yesterday the landowners wanted to show their support for the PNG Biomass project and to confront PPL, Energy Minister Sam Basil and Treasurer Charles Abel over the delay.

“The politicians think coal is the answer,” he said.

“We landowners of the Markham Valley, people of Papua New Guinea, we do not want coal-fired power or coal mining in our country.

“We want a clean, renewable, healthy future for our children.

“Coal has no place in PNG.

“We want renewable biomass to power our homes, not dirty coal.

“We want healthy lives, not a polluting coal-powered plant in Lae.

“We want our Government to honour its commitments – to us, to the developer, to the country, to the world.”
Meyab said the biomass project had all licences and permits, approvals and a signed power-purchasing agreement with PPL.

“We know that the biomass project sponsor Oil Search Ltd wants this project to go ahead,” he said.

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2 Comments

Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Landowners oppose Lae’s coal-fired project

  1. Trevor Shelley

    Well there will never be coal mining in PNG but the majority of rural people have been very accepting of all of the climate change scams. I have often been surprised in remote villages when the population uses climate change to blame for all of the problems in their life. Its stupid especially when a decent Hydro on the upper Purari would solve the problem. Okuk knew it and tried to get it going.

  2. Gee Mail

    Nice Oil Search propaganda – aa number of regional hydros would be good but not mega projects like upper Puari or Ramu II

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