"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Further Updates on Tumbi Landslide from RNZI

PNG landslide probe yet to start

Radio New Zealand International

1 March, 2012

A Papua New Guinea NGO which provides scrutiny of the country’s major gas project, led by Exxon Mobil, says an investigation into the Tumbi landslide which the government promised still hasn’t started. The disaster in the Southern Highlands on January 24th is believed to have killed at least 25 people. Locals have blamed the landslide on the Tumbi quarry, which was used by Exxon for its project and sits atop the massive landslide. Stanley Mamu of LNG Watch says the official response has so far focussed on clearing the main road which was cut off in the landslide. He says the local community wants an independent probe but, after waiting over a month, has started its own investigations.

“The investigation team organised by the landowners are on the ground and compiling their report currently. The government said it would send an investigation team but I haven’t heard that it’s in place so I don’t know when they’ll be sending the investigation team down.”

PNG Highlands Highway cleared after landslide but local greivances remain

Radio New Zealand International
1 March, 2012

The section of Papua New Guinea’s Highlands Highway cut off by January’s Tumbi landslide has been cleared despite concerns within the local community.The disaster is believed to have killed at least 25 people and left a major obstacle to Exxon Mobil’s liquefied natural gas project which is centred in the area. Stanley Mamu of LNG Watch says the response of government and developer has so far focussed on clearing the road.He says the families of the victims and other locals were reluctant to allow the road to be cleared until their grievances had been addressed.

“This opening of the road doesn’t mean that they are happy with the project and the project needs to operate but it is just for the service to Komo people because there’s about ten to twenty thousand people living back at Komo area and they access that road. So because of the pressure from those people for their transport, the road’s been cleared.”

Stanley Mamu has received reports that Exxon Mobil has paid locals to allow the site to be cleared.

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