PTTEP Australia says no verifiable evidence of Indonesia's oil spill claim

14:43, August 31, 2010      

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PTTEP Australia said that Indonesia's claim on oil spill damage in Timor Sea was not supported by verifiable evidence, a media reported here Tuesday.

The statement was made after the Indonesian government claimed 2.2 billion U.S. dollars as a compensation for the damage caused by the oil leak on Aug. 21, 2009 in Indonesia's waters.

But, Indonesia said that the report submitted to the PTTEP had gone through analysis by a team of experts.

"The data has been scientifically proven," Indonesian advocacy team chief Masnellyarti Hilman was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Indonesia's team displayed maps of areas impacted by the oil spill which allegedly covered 70,341 square kilometers in the Timor Sea, affecting nine regencies in the area.

The map of affected areas was determined by satellite images and water samples collected in several locations.

"The PTTEP still questions the methodologies used by Indonesia to take samples and calculate the financial compensation. The company also question the accreditation of laboratories assessing water samples from the Timor Sea," Masnellyarti said.

The company evaluated the oil slick during the incident and its after effects and found that the spread of the slick was limited to only an area surrounding Montara, PTTEP President and CEO Anon Sirisaengtaksin said, adding that the incident is under control.

The PTTEP and the Australian authorities have studied the long term environmental effects of the spread of oil from Montara in the Timor Sea.

Source: Xinhua


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