Our submission concludes: "La’o Hamutuk does not believe that this EIA demonstrates that Reliance understands the risks, takes the responsibility, and has the capacity to conduct this exploration for the benefit of Timor-Leste’s people. Therefore, we urge DNMA to reject this plan, and to order Reliance to rewrite it, correcting the deficiencies and filling in the gaps. ... We believe that this document does not demonstrate the capacity, the intention or the specific actions which are necessary to ensure that this test drilling will be managed in a way which does not unduly endanger Timor-Leste."
The submission addresses these main topics:
- Reliance misunderstands DNMA’s role.
- Reliance has created a conflict of interest in Timor-Leste regulation.
- This EIA is not specific, and Reliance should rewrite it.
- This EIA includes much outdated, vague or inaccurate information.
- The danger of huge oil spills and other accidents must be seriously considered.
- Disposal of toxic and solid waste should be specified and planned.
Earlier this week, we made another submission on Eni's proposal for a two-day 2D seismic exploration called GeoStreamer in Blocks A and B. We asked that the seismic survey be suspended during the dark to protect marine mammals, that regulatory personnel be invited aboard the ship, and that the consultation process be improved. Eni's GeoStreamer Environment Management Plan is posted on La'o Hamutuk's web page on seismic exploration in English and Tetum.