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Tuesday, 19 June

14:22

Chaos in the PNG LNG Project Site "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Today early in the morning the frustrate PDL 8 Angore landowners  halt up the project by cutting down the trees along the road links the concern well pad. They also close the main road limks PNG LNG Condensation Plant, Komo Airfield, Nogoli Plant site and Angore well pad to Tari, the Provincial Head Quarter. Local innocent people living in those areas were  badly affected.

Some of the machines in the PNG LNG Project sites were burnt down early this morning.

Currently no vehicles pussing up and down along the road. if the situation go worse and the government respond negatively, the company and the local landowners will be badly affected and PNG LNG Project likely to close down.






The attachments are the images of machineries burnt down by the angry Landowners early this morning.

09:09

Strong morality wake-up call for Catholic leaders in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

It is now three years ago Pope Francis published his encyclical letter Laudato Si, where he told the world that highly polluting fossil fuels especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas needs to be progressively replaced without delay. (Laudato Si 165)

It was this occasion  the third anniversary of Pope Francis encyclical letter  that made an American Catholic Bishop decry the immorality of inaction on climate change, while nearly 600 U.S. Catholic institutions including dioceses, communities of men and women religious, health care systems, universities, as well as parishes and schools signed a new Catholic Climate Declaration that affirms the Paris Climate Agreement and supports actions to meet its goals.

The declaration stated,

Climate change is an urgent moral issue because it compromises the future of our common home, threatens human life and human dignity, and adds to the hardships already experienced by the poorest and most vulnerable people both at home and abroad.
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05:12

Exxon Mobil has shut down its operations police "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

EMTV | June 19 2018

Hela Provincial Police Commander, Martin Lakari says Exxon Mobil has shut down its operations today (June 19), after landowners burnt heavy machinery in the early hours of this morning.

Lakari told EMTV News that this is a landowner related issue. 

The action is understood to be related to frustrations in a payment delay of a K35 million security fund by Exxon Mobil to landowners. The landowners are from Angore PDL 8 and Hides PDL 1 to 7 

Mr. Lakari said sections of road leading to the Hides Gas are blocked limiting police access. 

ExxonMobil has responded in a statement saying they are continuing to monitor ongoing tension in the Highlands. 

We are investigating reports of vandalism relating to the Angore pipeline construction project. Host government security forces are in the area and also investigating. Our staff are all safe. 

Production at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant is continuing normally. ExxonMobil PNG is committed to maintaining a positive relationship with landowners, the government and the wider community.

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04:59

Angore Landowners Burn Down LNG Machinery At Pdl 8 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

Kevin Tema | Post Courier | June 19, 2018

In a show of frustration over the nonpayment of the Business Development Grant, the Angore landowners in Hela Province have burnt down all LNG machineries on PDL 8 site.

This includes an excavator as well as the drilling machine while cutting sections of the highway leading to PDL 8.

Sources from ground revealed that the Angore Landowners particularly from PDL 8 are angry over their outstanding business development grant (BDG) which is kept in the trust and is not being released.

While the government of the day see fit to release recently a K35 million as project security fees to Hides landowners of PDL 1 and PDL 4, the Angore landowners particularly in Hides PDL 8 area are frustrated in the way Exxon Mobil and the government of day has dealt with this issue.

Spokesman Max Ekeya said various claims on the social media about asking the Prime Minister to step down and others were rubbish as it was not the true information...

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Monday, 18 June

11:10

In a land hit by the resource curse, a new gold mine spooks officials "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

JAKARTA Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project. The proposed mine would cover 233 square kilometers (90 square miles), an area four times the size of Manhattan, in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province. Eighty five percent of the district, though, sits within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve both protected areas. The planned site also straddles the ancestral lands of three indigenous groups: the Kuri Wamesa, the Rasiei and the Naikere The company applying for the mining permit, PT Abisha Bumi Persada (ABP), is based some 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) west, in the city of Bandung on the island of Java. It reportedly plans to operate for 15 years, and expects to mine 800,000 tons of ore per year, yielding 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of gold annually. A company in Indonesia plans to mine for gold in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province, with the proposed site marked by the red pin. Much of the district falls within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, a protected area. Image by Google Maps. Ben Saroy, head of the agency that manages Cenderawasih Bay National Park, warned that establishing a large-scale gold mine like ABP has proposed could damage the wider conservation area. Among his top concerns, he said, was the waste

09:08

In Search of Space "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between.

This book is a great addition to the library of nature writing that Australia has produced.

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between. Some of the finest in the tradition here are probably authors of fiction rather than more conventional non-fiction nature writers, people like Richard Flannigan and Tim Winton, who develop landscape as characters in the way they develop the humans in their stories.

There are, of course, a growing number of authors from indigenous traditions who speak about and for Country. I love the quote from David Mowaljarlai, repeated by Tim Winton in Island Home, who sees the world as everything standing up alive. When Im high on a mountain looking out over country, my life force (Unggurr) flows out from inside my body and I fall open with happiness. Despite our shared love for land, their perspective is going to be different to an Anglo author. Whereas Country is peopled and storied for many Aboriginal and Islander people, us Australians of European linage often seek refuge in the blank space that wild spaces represent. We go into them to find adventure and challenge, solitude, recreation, perspective, spiritual guidance and, sometimes all these things. Our relationship is profoundly different because we must create something from what is essentially a blank canvas when it comes to culture. Trying to compare a book on nature writing by an Anglo man with an indigenous author in any meaningful way is beyond me in a short review so I wont try, beyond noting that all Australia is indigenous land, even those places that we have declared wild or wilderness, with the few exceptions of orphan country, land with no people left with connection to or responsibility for that place.

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05:16

Resources curse PNG communities future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Author: Michael Main. Source: East Asia Forum

Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guineas largest-ever resource extraction enterprise. This research shows that PNG LNG has hurt, rather than grown, PNGs economy and that it has inflamed violence and tensions in the PNG highlands region. Papua New Guineas so-called resource curse has hit local communities the hardest.

Violent conflict in the PNG highlands, certainly among the Huli landowners of Hela Province where PNG LNG is based, has been an almost constant feature since before first contact with colonial forces in the 1930s. Levels of violence have fluctuated markedly in response to historical conditions. The 1970s and 1980s were relatively peaceful, as PNG transitioned from Australian administration into the early independence years. But local political frustrations combined with the introduction of guns led to high rates of violence in the highlands around the 1992 elections.

Since that decade, Papua New Guineas government services have been in constant decline. A new generation of Huli has emerged that is less educated than the generation of its parents Huli who were educated between the 1960s and 1980s are more literate and fluent in English than those who were of school age from the 1990s onwards. Health has deteriorated with a decline in health services and the introduction of store-bought processed food. By the late 2000s, when the PNG government was promoting the PNG LNG project as a looming economic miracle for the country, the Huli population was desperate for a project that they believed would raise them from the state of poverty and neglect that had gradually descended upon them since independence.

During the first few years of the PNG LNG projects construction, it looked as if all its grand promises were being fulfilled. ExxonMobil and its partners invested US$19 billion a staggering amount for a country whose GDP was a little over US$8 billion in 2009 (just before construction began). Cash was everywhere in the projects area, and this cash was accompanied by plentiful...

Wednesday, 13 June

02:01

Green cleaning in a bubbling uprising "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Sustainable Hour on 13 June 2018 with Witchy Brews and Earth Love Gratitude


Wellness advocates Misty Barth from Witchy Brews and Sarah Bradford from Earth Love Gratitude are our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 13 June 2018.

Colin Mockett shares his global outlook with us today he examines the new Climate Change Performance Index from Germanwatch and Melbournes bikeshare flop.

We interview Parami Peiris from Eco-Friendly Volunteers and Journeys for Climate Justice, and bring a climate eme...

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