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Jakarta Post

Timor Sea, the voiceless

  • Dua K.S.Y. Klaas

Wageningen, Netherlands   /   Mon, March 15 2010   /  12:27 pm

"Montana oil spill polluted Timor Sea", Indonesian media reported last month. The news reveals the environmental consequences surrounding the explosion at the Montara Drilling Station in Australian territory in Aug. 21, 2009. The news might not have bothered Indonesia unless the impacts had not reached the Timor Sea. The magnitude of the impact of more than 500 million liters of oil spill (ABC, Nov. 24, 2009) on sea biota, such as fish and seaweed is devastating. The alarming situation is that the bioaccumulation of inorganic chemical substances from the oil spill in eaten fish could be passed on to unborn babies. Consequently people living on the South Timor coast and Rote Island, especially poor fishermen, are at enormous risk of being contaminated by chemical substances. The oil spill could seriously affect the ecological habitat of the Timor Sea and its surroundi...