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Media Coverage of Tamenglong Protest Against Oil Exploration in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   

Tamenglong against oil exploration

Source: The Sangai Express, 8 November 2012

http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=3..081112.nov12

 

Imphal, November 07 2012: Amidst heavy security arrangements and strong people's opposition, the environmental public hearing on Exploratory Oil Drilling and Allied Activities in Manipur was held today at Mini Stadium here today. The public hearing organised by Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) was held in two sessions for AA-ONN 2009/1 and AA-ONN 2009/2(code names of the Production Sharing Contract signed between GoI and JOGPL) respectively conducted at the venue amid heavy security deployment.

 

Besides district police, police commandos and personnel of MR/IRB from Imphal were deployed as additional security cover. Meanwhile, a protest rally against oil exploration in Manipur and public hearing was staged at the district headquarters and a public meeting was also held against the said public hearing.

 

All shops and business establishments remained close for the day to protest the public hearing.

 

The rally which began from public ground ended at Jadonang Park where a brief public meeting against oil exploration was held. The protestors numbering around 500 shouted slogans like 'Stop Oil Exploration in Manipur', 'Go back Jubilant Energy', 'Withdraw PSC contracts and PEL licenses awarded to Jubilant Energy' .

 

DC of Tamenglong, C Arthur W presided over as chairman of the panel members. Environmental Engineer of MPCB T Mangi, Asset Manager Manipur of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt Ltd (JOGPL) Tejinder Singh were the members of the panel and Member Secretary of MPCB, K Jagadishore was the Convenor of the panel.

 

In the first session, (AA-ONN 2009/1) Ajay Bisen on behalf of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt. Ltd., NOIDA, made a powerpoint presentation in English about the salient features of the proposed project. This presentation was also explained in local dialect Rongmei by Joseph Pauline, Addl DC, Tamenglong. Just after the presentation representatives of various civil organizations expressed their strong opposition to the oil exploratory and drilling activities reasoning that the natural resources belonged to the indigenous people.

 

They raised questions and views like why jubilant energy is so interested in working in Manipur despite people's repeated objection to oil exploration and why Govt and Jubilant did not consult the local people as required by the UN resolution on Indigenous Peoples and protection of their natural resources. Companies should sign MoU with each village before oil exploration and the company and state government has made contract to share revenue but without any mentioning of the share of the local people.

 

The representatives of the Jubilant Energy and Panel members did not provide adequate and clear responses to the queries and views expressed by the local participants. Altogether fifty representations against Oil exploration in Manipur were submitted by various village authorities, community organizations and other civil bodies to the Panel members.

 

To a querry on the ownership rights of land and its sub surface resources and the non relevance of the production sharing contract raised by one of the local participant, the chairman of the panel member said the issue will be discussed by the district administration with the state Government.

 

Another querry seeking NOC for seismic surveys by some of the village authorities is being revoked, the company representative said that the same has been received today and the company will honor that. During the hearing, president of the All Zeliangrong Students Union, Assam Manipur Nagaland, Pamei Tingenlung proposed that whoever opposed the oil exploration from among the local participants to rise and raise their objections.

 

In response, the entire participants excluding the panel members and security forces all rose and voiced their strong opposition against the said project. The participants also displayed banners with slogans "NO TO OIL EXPLORATION IN MANIPUR" inside the public hearing hall.

 

In the sideline of today's public hearing, president of All Tribal Students Union Manipur, Muan Tom Bing said that the land belongs to tribals and without the consent of the rightful owners of the land, the oil company and the government should stop all oil exploration and drilling activities in Manipur. He also said that all the tribals of Manipur at any cost irrespective of areas will stand against the said project. It may be recalled that indigenous communities of Jiribam, Churachandpur and Tamenglong strongly protested the public hearings for oil exploration organized by the MPCB at Jiribam, Parbung and Nungba on 31 July, 8 and 17 August 2012 respectively. The Public Hearing for Nungba was forced to cancel to due to stiff community objections and protest.

 

 

Hearing held amid public protest

Source: Hueiyen News Service / Daniel Kamei

The Hueiyen Lanpao, 8 November 2012

http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=20..081112.nov12

 

Tamenglong, November 07 2012: Public Hearing for environmental clearance of exploration Block AA-ONN 2009/1 and AA-ONN 2009/2 was held at Indoor Stadium, Tamenglong today under tight security and amidst public protest. Police Commandos, IRB, 5th MR and Tamenglong police including VDFs were deployed in and around the Stadium in Tamenglong.

 

The public hearing organized by Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB) was held in two sessions for AA-ONN 2009/1 and AA-ONN 2009/2(codenames of the Production Sharing Contract signed between GoI and JOGPL) respectively. Even as the public hearing was going on, a protest rally against oil exploration in Manipur and the Public hearing was staged in the district headquarter.

 

All shops and other business establishments remained shut down for the day to protest the public hearing. The rally which began from the public ground ended at Jadonang Park where a public meeting was also held.

 

The protestors numbering around 500 people participated in the rally holding placards inscribed with slogans like 'Stop Oil Exploration in Manipur", "Go back Jubilant Energy", "Let the Oil be kept beneath the Earth", "We Will Decide Our Future", "Withdraw PSC contracts and PEL licenses awarded to Jubilant Energy", etc.

 

Public Hearing held at Indoor Stadium, Tamenglong

 

On the other hand, as Chairman of the Panel Members, the hearing was presided over DC of Tamenglong C Arthur W.Environmental Engineer of MPCB T Mangi, Asset Manager Manipur of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt Ltd(JOGPL) Tejinder Singh and Member Secretary of MPCB K Jagadishore were other members of the panel.

 

In the first session (AA-ONN 2009/1), Ajay Bisen on behalf of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt.

Ltd., NOIDA, made a power point presentation in English about the salient features of the proposed project. This presentation was also explained in local language (Rongmei) by Joseph Pauline, Addl. DC, Tamenglong.

 

Just after the presentation representatives of various civil organizations expressed their strong opposition to the oil exploratory and drilling activities reasoning that the natural resources belong to the indigenous people. They raised questions and views like why jubilant energy is so interested in working in Manipur despite repeated objection of the people to oil exploration and why Govt and Jubilant did consult the local people as required by the UN resolution on Indigenous Peoples and protection of their natural resources.

 

The representatives of the Jubilant Energy and Panel members did not provide adequate and clear responses to the queries. Altogether, fifty representations against Oil exploration in Manipur were submitted by various village authorities, community organizations and other civil bodies to the Panel members.

 

To a query on the ownership rights of land and its sub surface resources and the non relevance of the production sharing contract raised by one of the local participants, the chairman of the panel assured that the issue will be discussed by the district administration with the state Government. On another query seeking revocation of the NOC for seismic surveys, the company representative pointed out that the same has been received today and the company will honor that.

 

During the hearing, president of All Zeliangrong Students Union, Assam Manipur Nagaland, Pamei Tingenlung exhorted the gathering that whoever opposed to the oil exploration should rise. In response, the entire participants excluding the panel members and security forces rose and voiced their strong opposition against the said project.

 

The participants also displayed banners with slogans like "NO TO OIL EXPLORATION IN MANIPUR" inside the public hearing hall. Talking to mediapersons on the sideline of the public hearing, President of All Tribal Students' Union Manipur, Muan Tom Bing said that the land belongs to tribals and without the consent of the rightful owners of the land, the oil company and the government should stop all oil exploration and drilling activities in Manipur.

 

It may be recalled that indigenous communities of Jiribam, Churachandpur and Tamenglong have objected to the conduct of public hearings for oil exploration organized by MPCB at Jiribam, Parbung and Nungba on 31st July, 8th August and 17th August 2012 respectively. The Public Hearing at Nungba was forced to be cancelled to due to stiff community objections and protest.

 

 

Public hearing held amidst protests

The Imphal Free Press, 8 November 2012

http://www.ifp.co.in/nws-10528-public-hearing-held-amidst-protests/w

 

TAMENGLONG, October 7: Amidst a heavy security arrangement and strong opposition from the people, the environmental public hearing on Exploratory Oil Drilling and Allied Activities in Manipur was held today at Mini Stadium here. The public hearing organized by Manipur Pollution Control Board, MPCB was held in two sessions for AA-ONN 2009/1 and AA-ONN 2009/2 (codenames of the Production Sharing Contract signed between GoI and JOGPL) respectively conducted at the venue.

 

Besides district police, police commandos and personnel of MR/IRB from Imphal were also used as additional security. Meanwhile, a protest rally against Oil Exploration in Manipur and the public hearing was staged at the district headquarter town and a public meeting was also held against the said public hearing.

 

All shops and establishments were closed for the day to protest the public hearing. The rally which began from the public ground ended at Jadonang Park where a brief public meeting against oil exploration was also held. The protestors numbering around 500 used slogans like ‘Stop Oil Exploration in Manipur”, “Go back Jubilant Energy”, “Withdraw PSC contracts and PEL licenses awarded to Jubilant Energy”.

 

The hearing was presided over by Tamenglong DC C Arthur W as chairman of the panel members. Environmental Engineer of MPCB T Mangi, Asset Manager Manipur of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt Ltd, JOGPL Tejinder Singh were members of the panel and Member Secretary of MPCB, K Jagadishore was convenor of the panel.

 

During the first session (AA-ONN 2009/1) Ajay Bisen made a power point presentation in English about the salient features of the proposed project, on behalf of Jubilant Oil and Gas Pvt. Ltd., NOIDA,. The presentation was also explained in the local language by Addl DC, Tamenglong Rongmei by Joseph Pauline. Just after the presentation, representatives of various civil organizations expressed their strong opposition to the oil exploratory and drilling activities reasoning that the natural resources belong to the indigenous people.

 

They raised questions and views like why jubilant energy is so interested in working in Manipur despite peoples repeated objection to oil exploration and why Govt and Jubilant didn’t consult the local people as required by the UN resolution on Indigenous Peoples and protection of their natural resources.

 

Companies should sign MoU with each village before oil exploration and the company and state government has made contract to share revenue but without any mentioning of the share of the local people. The representatives of the Jubilant Energy and Panel members did not provide adequate and clear responses to the queries and views expressed by the local participants.

 

Altogether fifty representations against Oil exploration in Manipur were submitted by various village authorities, community organizations and other civil bodies to the Panel members. To a query on the ownership rights of land and its sub surface resources and the non relevance of the production sharing contract raised by one of the local participants, the chairman of the panel member said the issue will be discussed by the district administration with the state Government.

 

Another query seeking NOC for seismic surveys by some of the village authorities is being revoked, the company representative said that the same has been received today and the company will honor that. During the hearing, president of the All Zeliangrong Students Union, Assam Manipur Nagaland, Pamei Tingenlung proposed that whoever opposed the oil exploration from among the local participants to rise and raise their objections.

 

In response, the entire participants excluding the panel members and security forces all rose and voiced their strong opposition against the said project. The participants also displayed banners with slogans “NO TO OIL EXPLORATION IN MANIPUR” inside the public hearing hall.

 

In the sideline of today’s public hearing, president of the All Tribal Students Union, Manipur, Muan Tom Bing said that the land belongs to tribals and without the consent of the rightful owners of the land, the oil company and the government should stop all oil exploration and drilling activities in Manipur. He also said that all the tribals of Manipur at any cost irrespective of areas will stand against the said project.

 

It may be recalled that indigenous communities of Jiribam, Churachandpur and Tamenglong have strongly protested the public hearings for oil exploration organized by the MPCB at Jiribam, Parbung and Nungba on July 31, August 8, 17, 2012 respectively.