31 August 2012
Prime Minister Peter O’Neil and Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion must see common sense and rescind their decision on a license for Nautilus says Gazelle MP Malakai Tabar.
Mr Tabar said the government must listen to common appeal to stop this project.
“The people pushing this whole project, from within government and also outside of this country have no understanding of our living systems and would not give a hoot of how much we all lose,” he said.
The Gazelle MP said he attended a few presentations and had difficulty trying to understand how this sea bed “grading and digging” would not affect marine life.
“As the member for this electorate, mandated by my people, I believe my people and the other coastal communities throughout the eastern shoreline of Papua New Guinea would be worst affected,” he said.
“Apart from the Environment Impact Study report that was obviously done by somebody from Nautilus office in Canada, the question of how much we will gain and benefit from stands tall against Papua New Guineans. There is nothing in this project for Papua New Guineans. There is no proper or long term employment, there is no royalty and there is no business influence, especially for and by nationals,” Mr Tabar said.