Kavo calls for UBSA review

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The National,Thursday 22nd December 2011

Gulf Governor Havila Kavo has challenged Environment Minister Thompson Harokaqveh to provide evidence that the state has conducted an independent assessment on the 400km gas pipeline along the Gulf coast to the plant site in Central province.
Kavo called for a review of agreements and benefits to Gulf people who had missed out on the umbrella benefit sharing agreement in Kokopo.
In his questions in parliament to the environment and conservation and petroleum and energy ministers,  Kavo said the Gulf provincial government which had engaged the services of private consultants to do an environmental impact study, found a lot of inconsistencies in the study done by the developers.
Harokaqveh said he would check with his department and inform the governor in writing.
The Juha project issue was the main subject raised in parliament.
North-Fly MP Boka Kondra, Western Governor Dr Bob Danaya and Koroba-Lake Kopiago MP John Kekeno directed their questions to Petroleum Minister William Duma.
Kondra said the umbrella agreement was a “death warrant” signed by landowners because there
was no proper dialogue and
called for a review.
Danaya said if there was a dispute, it was a disagreement and not an agreement.
Duma in reply said the only dispute now was between rival landowners and not between the state and the developer.
“All affected landowners were invited to the appropriate forum to make their views. If members of parliament decided not to attend then life has to go on.”
Duma assured the leaders that the ministerial determination on who were the genuine landowners was not final as there was process to get benefits shared among landowners.