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Response by Oil Search

Author: Oil Search, Published on: 18 April 2018

 We note that ExxonMobil is the operator of the PNG LNG project, and we refer readers to their response on the claims made by the author (see below). The information provided here is intended as supporting information, and to describe the socio-economic impact of broader oil and gas development in the region, and describe our approach to human rights management... [W]hat is good for Oil Search is good for PNG. We have a strategic interest in ensuring that we maintain a stable operating environment based on strong and enduring relationships with local communities... Oil Search has and continues to play an important role in assisting dialogue between government and community stakeholders, and supporting efforts to resolve the complex web of inter-tribal legal and non-legal disputes, and those between government and communities... During 2017, royalty payments were distributed to the PNG LNG plant site and Hides landowners. However, there are still significant payments outstanding. It is a Company priority to actively assist the PNG Government in meeting its obligation to effectively distribute PNG LNG Project benefits to landowners... Oil Search supports and advocates for improved transparency of payments made to governments by extractive companies and demonstrate this by voluntarily disclosing payments to government annually in our Social Responsibility Report, our online data centre, contributing data to the PNG EITI reports, and in 2017 through our Transparency Report.

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This is a response from the following companies: Oil Search