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Tempo English Version 2018, April 16 - 22
| April 17, 2018, 04:31:06 PM

2018, April 16 - 22 --- Tempo

The pipeline leak in the Balikpapan Bay, East Kalimantan, has shown Pertamina's 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 Terminal in North Penejam Paser Regency to a Balikpapan refinery. The pipeline, laid in 1998, fractured and shifted 120 meters from its original position.

At least 40,000 barrels of crude oil managed to escape, although the leak was repaired a few hours later. There was the impression that Pertamina meant to cover up the incident: an official announcement only came three days later. There was a communications fiasco when a Pertamina Balikpapan official denied the leak, though the mistake was subsequently corrected. The government must act resolutely. The first step is to ask Pertamina to take responsibility in dealing with the damage to the marine ecosystem as a result of the oil spill.


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