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Palau News & Current Events

Land Court may close come February 11

Victim to a rider on a bill

Once again, another important legislation may fall victim to a rider and fail to pass either of the two   houses of the national congress.  If so, Land Court, an inferior court under the Judiciary may cease to function.

Land Court, established by law (Title 35 PNC, Section 1304), to hear and determine all land ownership in Palau, is by law; set to close on February 11, 2016.   Since there are number of lands still in the process of being heard, on appeals or still to have hearing dates set or even monumented, attempts to amend this set date have been made by Senate.

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TR signs into law the Palau Energy Act

Dissolves Energy Office

President Remengesau signed into law on Friday, February 5, 2016, the Palau Energy Act.

In signing into law Senate Bill No. 9-124, SD2, HD1, the President noted that "In the wake of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference and the resulting agreement...it is with sincere pleasure that i sign this into law....which not only reaffirm Palau's commitment to meeting the renewable energy reliance and reduced emissions pledges...but also provides means and directions for achieving those goals".

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EQPB motions for an injunction against PPUC

The Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board (EQPB), on January 27, 2016, requested the Trial Court to issue a preliminary injunction against the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC), the Members of PPUC’s Board of Directors, and the Water and Wastewater Acting Manager David Dengokl, for failure to comply with EQPB Final Order No. 15-16, which was served after repeated failure to provide the people of Babeldaob with safe drinking water as required by the EQPB Public Water Supply System Regulations. 

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