The Jakarta Post
Residents of Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java will never forget May 29, 2006. This was the date when a mudflow began to erupt in the area, forever changing their lives.
The eruption took place near a drilling site belonging to PT Lapindo Brantas. This triggered speculation that Lapindo might have been negligent during its drilling process.
Lapindo, however, cited a number of scientists’ arguments that the mudflow was triggered by a 6.3 Richter scale earthquake that hit Yogyakarta two days before the eruption took place.
For nearly seven years the mudflow has been wreaking havoc in the livelihoods of Porong residents in particular and on the Sidoarjo economy as a whole.
The monetary value of the damage wrought by the continuous high-pressure mudflow has been estimated at Rp 27.7 trillion (US$2.9 billion) by the National Development Planning Board and Rp 33.27 ...