PALAU: "NATIVE PARADISE" OR PETROLEUM SUPERPORT?

The Trust Territory, which governs Micronesia, is due to be dissolved in 1981 but there is little economic base for independence. Its strategic location, remoteness and low population make Palau a potential site for superport development. International politics, secrecy, spying and rumored pay-offs seemed to leave Palauans virtually without a voice in the decision making. The author outlines the environmental impacts of the construction and operation of a petroleum superport on Palau in four scenarios. The scenarios outline the impact of various degrees of commercialization on Palau while a fifth scenario calls for the superport to be built on Guam, leaving Palau as a nature preserve.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Oceans '77 Confernece Record, 3rd, Los Angeles, California, October 17-19, 1977. Available from IEEE and Marine Technology Society.
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  • Authors:
    • Soule, D F
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178969
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 77CH1272-4 OEC
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM