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Jakarta Post

Police question 22 witnesses in relation to Balikpapan oil spill

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 9, 2018   /   05:44 pm
Police question 22 witnesses in relation to Balikpapan oil spill Cleaning up: Personnel of state oil and gas company Pertamina remove crude from waters in the Melawai coastal area in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, on April 4. (Antara/Sheravim)

The National Police have commenced an investigation into an oil spill in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, questioning witnesses in connection to the case.

“We have questioned 22 witnesses so far,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. M. Iqbal said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Monday.

He further said investigators had gathered samples during a search at the crime scene.

(Read also: Govt hunts oil spill culprits)

The police have yet to name any suspects in the case.

“Our team has also dove into the sea to take pictures and video footage of the burst pipeline,” Iqbal said.

State oil and gas company Pertamina admitted last week that one of its pipelines being used to transfer crude oil from the Lawe Lawe Terminal in North Penajam Paser regency to an oil refinery in Balikpapan had caused the oil spill that polluted Balikpapan Bay on March 31.

The oil spill triggered fires, killing five fishermen and injuring another. (kuk/ebf)