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Jakarta Post

Fishermen catch oil, not fish, after well accident

  • The Jakarta Post

Thousand Islands, Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16 2019   /  12:59 am

The oil spill from state energy giant Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java block that occurred 2 kilometers off the coast of Karawang, West Java, on July 12 has reached nine islands in Thousand Islands regency as of September, with islands such as Untung Jawa and Lancang suffering the most from the spill.The spill follows a gas well kick, an unplanned and often violent release of gas caused by low pressure in a wellbore.Officials from the Environment and Forestry Ministry previously estimated environmental cleanup efforts would take as long as six months.“The ministry has not finished conducting an environmental impact analysis yet. However, we are aware that Pertamina has already started placing oil booms, which trap the spill from spreading to more areas. Furthermore, they [Pertamina] have already deployed 44 ships to prevent the spill from reaching more islands,” said the minist...