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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.

Indonesian mudflow cannot be stopped

Geologists investigating the Indonesian mud-volcano reported to have been started by careless gas drilling (Carbon Web 6, p5) have concluded that the flow of 200 000 cubic metres per day cannot be stopped. James Mori, a Japanese geology expert, concluded that "It could be ten years, or even more. We do not know [when it will stop]".

Walhi (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) has begun legal action against the exploration company PT Lapindo Brantas over the mudflow, which has killed 13 people and left 8200 in temporary accommodation. The case demands payment of compensation, allocation of resources to stop the mudflow and that the company end reckless disposal of untreated mud and contaminated water.

There was outrage in Indonesia after a February government conference discussing the mudflow concluded that it was caused by natural tectonic activity and was not the result of drilling activities. Many have speculated that the meeting was rigged to avoid discussion of liability.

Walhi: Friends of the Earth Indonesia

 


This article is from the Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 7, 30 May 2007.

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