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Environmental recovery from Pertamina oil spill may take half a year: Officials

  • Arya Dipa, Ardila Syakriah and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung and Jakarta   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /  02:31 pm
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Residents of Cemaranaya beach clean up the oil spill from nearby offshore oil and gas block Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) operated by state energy giant Pertmina’s upstream unit Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE).(Antara/M. Ibnu Chazar)

Environmental recovery efforts following the recent oil leak from state energy giant Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block may take more than six months, officials have said, as residents have reportedly begun to bear the brunt of the damages. The oil spill follows a gas well kick incident, an unplanned and often violent release of gas caused by low pressure in a wellbore, on July 12 in an exploration well called YYA-1, beneath PHE’s ONWJ offshore platform located 2 kilometers north of Karawang, West Java. Initial reports showed that the oil spill had only affected 11 villages in Karawang and Bekasi, West Java, and seven beaches in the province, but the Thousand Islands administration said on Friday that the spill had reached seven of its southern islands on July 22. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that the gov...