Landslide raises questions about $15.7 billion Exxon plan

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Southern Highlands, River Valley,Papua New Guinea. Photo source: ©© Drew Douglas


A deadly landslide in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, near where U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil is building a $15.7 billion gas project, is raising fresh questions about the global energy industry’s scramble for ever harder-to-reach resources.

The landslide tore through a quarry used by Exxon in January, killing at least 25 people in the poor South Pacific country, but it has stirred little international publicity, even though an expert report had questioned the safety of the excavations.

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Analysing the pre-landslide image from Tumbi Quarry, by The American Geological Union

Before and After Landslide Images, by The American Geological Union

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Context for the Tumbi Quarry landslide – an image gallery for quarry and open cast landslides AGU, by The American Geological Union

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Huli Fences, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. The Huli are an indigenous people who live in the Southern Highlands districts of Tari, Koroba, Margaraima and Komo, of Papua New Guinea. Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© Drew Douglas