4 Mar 2010

PNG activist says government not abreast of social impact of LNG project

6:24 pm on 4 March 2010

An environmental and human rights campaigner in Papua New Guinea says the government is not aware of the extent of the social impacts of the international oil and gas company Exxonmobil's multi-billion dollar gas project.

Preparatory construction for the pipeline that'll carry liquified natural gas from Southern Highlands to a coastal site north of the capital from 2014 has been disrupted by inter-village clashes over land compensation.

Dorothy Tekwie says other negative effects on Port Moresby include widespread evictions, particularly of women, as developers look to build housing for the project's thousands of workers.

"We've had women and families that have been forced onto the street. You see these people sitting outside with all their goods, all their properties, you know, sitting in the sun and crying and you see them on the front page of newspapers every day here. The government is probably not aware of the magnitude of the social impact of this particular project."

Dorothy Tekwie in Papua New Guinea.