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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Crude Awakening

The pipeline leak in the Balikpapan Bay, East Kalimantan, has shown Pertaminas unpreparedness for mitigating the effects of operational failures. The state oil and gas company seemed clueless as to how to deal with the oil leak, now covering 20,000 hectares of water.

The leak began at around 3am local time on March 31, as a result of a fracture in a pipeline transporting crude oil from the Lawe-lawe…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Dark Debacle in the Bay

Two weeks have passed, and the cargo ship MV Ever Judger has not left the waters of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. This ship, which sails under the flag of Panama, should have set sail on March 30, leaving Balikpapan with a cargo of 74,000 tons of coal, headed for Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. The captain had been authorized to leave by the port authority.