Ministry questions oil assessment

Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment told a Japanese oil company yesterday to better define the location of its initial onshore operations given the potential impact on the local population and environment. The Ministry of Environment has required Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation to specify where it planned to drill 6,000 close-proximity holes for explosive seismic surveying in Cambodia’s Block 17, Mam Sambath, executive director of extractive industries watchdog DPA-EISEI, said yesterday. Thailand-based International Environmental Management Co Ltd, which JOGMEC contracted to do the environmental impact assessment, said during the meeting that it would provide the ministry with details within nine days, according to Mam Sambath, who sent DPA-EISEI staff to the meeting.