West Australian coast avoids contamination from oil spill

16:20, August 10, 2010      

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) revealed on Tuesday the Kimberley coast had escaped contamination by Australia's worst offshore oil spill.

The massive spill in the Timor Sea began on Aug. 21 last year and continued until it was plugged in November.

The spill prompted the EPA to investigate and testing was conducted on water, sand and pearl oysters in October and December last year.

The samples were taken from islands, four pearl farms and peninsulas from Camden Sound in the south to the Stewart Islands in the northeast.

The EPA report found no petroleum hydrocarbons in any of the water or shoreline sediment samples at concentrations above the analytical limits of detection.

Analyses of rock oyster and cultured pearl oyster tissue samples also showed no evidence of contamination of oysters.

An inquiry into the spill at Thai-based company PTTEP Australasia's Montara oilfield heard earlier this year that a faulty cement pour and the lack of a control cap on the well were key causes of the blowout.

Source: Xinhua


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