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NTT urges Australia to plug Timor Sea oil spill

  • Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang   /   Wed, November 4 2009   /  02:24 pm

East Nusa Tenggara Governor Frans Leburaya has urged the Australian government to take immediate measures to plug an oil leak polluting the Timor Sea. Leburaya said Tuesday in the provincial capital Kupang that the local environmental agency had sent the government results of lab tests proving the leak, from an offshore oil rig in the Montara field, had polluted local waters. "The observation team is continuing to monitor the impact of the pollution and will report periodically," Leburaya said. He added marine life reportedly affected by the oil included dolphins and whales. "If the crude oil sinks to the bottom of the sea, deep-sea fishes will also be at risk," he said, adding he had sent a letter to the foreign, environment and transportation ministers to discuss the issue with the Australian government. At a press conference the same day, West Timor Care Found...