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Jakarta Post

Oil spill from rig in Oz waters nearing shores of Rote Island

  • Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang   /   Mon, October 5 2009   /  01:25 pm

Huge volumes of what is thought to be crude oil, discharged from the Montara well head platform in Australian waters is currently approaching East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), especially Rote Island and the southern part of Timor Island. The West Timor Care Foundation director Ferdi Tanoni told a news conference in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Saturday that based on available information, the position of the oil spill, carried by the waves, was less than 51 nautical miles from Rote Island at the end of September. "I believe the oil slick is getting nearer because the wind is blowing eastward and it is heading west so an estimated 500,000 liters of crude oil are likely getting closer to Rote and Timor islands," said Tanoni. Director General of Sea Transportation Sunaryo has asked the Tenau Port administration in Kupang and the Kupang Navigation Agency to immediately form a comman...