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01 May 2018

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I've just been reading the second Jubilee Australia report on the PNG LNG project.

Like the first report it talks about Exxon-Mobil abrogating the responsibility for identifying the landowners, saying that role is the responsibility of the government.

I get the impression that Jubilee Australia also believes this is the case.

However, a reading of the PNG Oil and Gas Act says this is not the case. To my mind it is pretty clear that the responsibility lies with the licensee.

Here is what Section 47 says:

SOCIAL 47.MAPPING AND LANDOWNER IDENTIFICATION STUDIES.
(1) It shall be a condition of every petroleum prospecting licence that the licensee undertake social mapping studies and landowner identification studies in accordance with this section.
(2) It shall be a condition of every petroleum retention licence that the licensee undertake social mapping studies and landowner identification studies in accordance with this section, to the extent that such studies have not been undertaken pursuant to a petroleum prospecting licence out of which the petroleum retention licence was granted.
(3) It shall be a condition of every petroleum development licence that the licensee undertake social mapping studies and landowner identification studies in accordance with this section, to the extent that such studies have not been undertaken pursuant to a petroleum prospecting licence or petroleum retention licence out of which the petroleum development licence was granted.
(4) Prior to first entry on to the licence area for the purposes of exploration pursuant to a petroleum prospecting licence or a petroleum retention licence, the licensee shall undertake–
(a) a preliminary social mapping study; and
(b) a preliminary landowner identification study,
of the customary land owners comprised in the licence area, with particular reference to that part of the licence area where the licensee’s exploration activities are to be concentrated.
(5) If a licensee or a person makes an application for a petroleum development licence under Section 53, the licensee shall submit with that application a full-scale social mapping study and landowner identification study of customary land owners in –
(a) the licence area of that petroleum development licence; and
(b) other licence areas, including pipeline areas, which pertain to that petroleum development licence; and
(c) the land within five kilometres of any facility which would be a dedicated project facility (other than a facility which would be situated on such a petroleum development licence) of the petroleum project; and
(d) other areas which would be affected by the petroleum project if developed.

Note Clause 5.

Isn't that pretty clear?

Apparently Peter O'Neill has called this report 'Fake News' but then admitted he hadn't actually read the report.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-01/png-pm-rejects-lng-report/9716208

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