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12 September 2012

Protest Against Public Hearing On Petroleum Exploration in Manipur

Imphal, Sep 12 : Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur (CPNRM) Tuesday registered a strong protest over Manipur government’s reported move to conduct another public hearing at Nungba of Tamenglong district for oil exploration.

The committee in a statement signed by its convener, Pamei Tingenlung alleged that the public hearing was planned to conduct at the behest of the Jubilant Energy after a recent public hearing at the same place was foiled by people as a mark of protest against the project.

People had given a clear verdict against oil exploration in Manipur in all the three public hearings at Jiribam, Parbung and Nungba, organized by the Manipur Pollution Control Board from July 30 to August 17 last, the statement claimed.

There was no need for a second environment public hearing at Nungba or other places in Manipur as people had already expressed their verdict with a clear mandate of “no” to petroleum exploration and drilling in the state, the statement stated.

At the Nungba public hearing, people had given a clear verdict as chairman and the panel members have given a written statement, “…the two public hearing for the block AA-ONN/2009/1 & AA-ONN/2009/2 are hereby cancelled once and for all for Tamenglong district,” the statement pointed out, terming the move to conduct another hearing as “government’s insensitive” move.

The report and proposed move to organize public hearing with full security deployment was unreasonable as people voices can never be suppressed by any force including the military, the statement said.

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