Seluruh Desa Adat Dukung Tersus LNG di Sidakarya, Gubernur Koster Diminta Kerja Keras
/ist/Seluruh Desa Adat Dukung Tersus LNG di Sidakarya, Gubernur Koster Diminta Kerja Keras.
ELEMENTS of Balinese society have begun to question the neutrality of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, regarding the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal proposed by PT Dewata Energi Bersih in the Sidakarya Traditional Village south of Denpasar, after a letter sent to the Minister of Environmental Affairs appeared to oppose the project.
The minister had requested the minister not to recommend the construction of Tersus LNG and gas pipelines, although all of the carrying customary villages, namely Sidakarya, Sesetan, Serangan, Intaran, and Pedungan villages, have already agreed and decided to support the LNG project. This is expected to help the central government accelerate the use of clean energy to sustain Bali’s tourism. Furthermore, Luhut is known to have played a coordinating role in the project’s development to bring it to fruition. Unfortunately, however, there was initial opposition by the officials in the Intaran Traditional Village, which has now expressed support for the project.
Due to this, I Made Arjaya, a former chairman of the Regional Representatives Council (DPRD) I Bali Commission and community figures in the Intaran Traditional Village, also expressed concern about Luhut’s stance, as it has become a substantial question mark among the people of the carrying customary villages who are ready to support the project’s implementation. Governor Koster of Bali, who has launched the Bali Clean and Green Province campaign for clean and environmentally friendly energy use, in line with the vision of Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali to build Bali through a comprehensive development plan towards a new era, has worked tirelessly to socialize the plans to build the LNG terminal in the Sidakarya Traditional Village through the harmonization process with the community.
Arjaya stated that the Intaran Traditional Village’s Bendesa, I Gusti Agung Alit Kencana, had informed all residents of the customary village that the LNG project in Sidakarya had been approved because Governor Koster had worked hard to communicate the project plan harmoniously with the community. As a result, the entire customary village supported the clean energy project, which was established in the middle of the sea, avoiding damage to the mangrove forests and only utilized ships without requiring terminals.
“We have accepted everything that has been presented, as there was only dredging, minimizing environmental damage. So, what else do we demand,” said Arjaya in Denpasar on Tuesday (28/3/2023).
However, according to Arjaya, after the Intaran Traditional Village approved the project as per Governor Koster’s and his team’s communication, a new policy emerged that contradicted it.