Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) has submitted academic paper and recommendation on the Draft Oil and Gas Law to the People’s Legislative Assembly that contain input and recommendation to the government and the House on the amendments to Draft Law No.22 Year 2001 of which some articles have been annulled by the Constitutional Court due to their contradictory contents to the State Constitution 1945.
The academic paper and draft law recommendations were submitted by UGM Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Alumni, Dr. Paripurna S. Sugarda, S.H., L.L.M., to Chairperson of Commission VII of the House, H. Gus Irawan Passaribu, S.E., Ak., M.M., C.A., during the visit to UGM made by the Commission on Thursday (1/12) at Multimedia UGM room to collect such inputs.
Paripurna said the academic draft was made because UGM wishes to contribute to the state related to resolving strategic issues on oil and gas. The presence of new laws on oil and gas has been awaited because some articles in Law No. 22/2001 on Oil and Gas are not in line with what mandated by the State Constitution.
“Law No. 22/2001 can no longer meet the need for exploration and exploitation as well as oil and gas compliance in Indonesia. Thus, it needs to immediately realise the new oil and gas law to accelerate oil and gas as national energy resources,” he said.
Gus Irawan Passaribu explained the House visit was one of the agenda to gather inputs from academics and researchers from UGM on the oil and gas drafting currently being deliberated at the House.
Gus stated that they need to resolve the deliberation soon. “So, we are awaiting support from many groups, including UGM academics and researchers to complete the draft law,” he said.
Dr. Deendarlianto, Head of UGM Centre for Energy Studies that writes the paper and draft law recommendation expected the oil and gas policy recommendation in the 55-page academic paper can be useful to the state, saying that “The paper is the outcome of an academic study as a form of UGM contribution to advance the state and the nation, particularly on oil and gas management,” he said.