PAPUA NEW GUINEA POLICE ASSIST IN OILFIELD PROTEST

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 23, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Police were flown into Moran in Southern Highlands Province yesterday as developer Chevron Niugini shut down the Moran oil field following protests by disgruntled landowners.

Chevron Niugini PNG country manager Isikeli Taureka confirmed that the field was closed yesterday for safety and environmental reasons.

Mr. Inguba said about 40 disgruntled landowners had been staging a peaceful protest at the Moran 4 well pad since last Tuesday, frustrated over the signing in Kavieng of a recent development agreement for the oil field.

The landowners sent a petition to Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta calling, among other things, for the firing of Petroleum and Energy Minister Chris Haiveta and his department secretary Joseph Gabut.

They also want the Government to nullify the Moran development agreement that was signed recently in Kavieng, and for the Government to withhold the issuing of the development license.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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