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Jakarta Post

RI, Australia to sue Thai firm for Montara oil spill

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 16 2010   /  11:17 am

Indonesia and Australia will demand that a Thai oil-rig operator be held responsible for an oil spill in the Timor Sea that damaged the environment of nearby Indonesian territory, says the foreign minister.

After a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Thursday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that the two countries would cooperate to ensure that PTTEP Australasia was held responsible for an oil spill that occurred in the Montara field off Australia’s north coast.

PTTEP Australasia is a subsidiary of PTT, a Thai oil and gas company.

The company’s oil platform exploded and spilled more than 500,000 liters of crude oil each day into in the Timor Sea in August 2009.

Thirty-eight percent of Indonesia’s sea territory in the Timor Sea was affected by the spill, local fishermen’s catches dropped and thousands of tons of ...