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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

Pollution - Five Hundred Hospitalised in Indonesia

A gas contractor in Indonesia is facing accusations of negligence after sulphurous mud overflowed from a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, burying three villages and a nearby main road. The exploration well, operated by PT Lapindo Brantas, also released hydrogen sulfide gas which lead more than 500 people to seek hospital treatment for eye and breathing problems. The company has been accused of failing to case the drilling hole, a safety procedure intended to ensure wells can be sealed off in the event of drilling problems. The Indonesian Environmental Forum, WALHI, urged the government to revoke the company's drilling license.

This article is from the Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 5, 21 August 2006.

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