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Indonesian Gov’t Urges Australia to Resolve Montara Oil Spill Case

Indonesian Gov't Urges Australia to Resolve Montara Oil Spill Case (thewestaustralian)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM -- The Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs has urged Australia to immediately resolve the Australian oil spill case. The Indonesian government sees that as the regulator that regulates the operations of PTTEP Australasia, the Australian government is responsible for resolving legal cases relating to the oil spill that had affected the people in East Nusa Tenggara.

"We emphasize that the government is not ignorant of the fate of fishermen affected by the Montara oil spill. We will visit Autralia and ask the Australian government to be responsible for overcoming the impact of the polluted Timor Sea in 2009 because there has been no clarity in 10 years," said Chairperson of the Montara Task Force Purbaya Yudhi Sadhewa in Jakarta, Friday (04/12/2019).

This task force was specifically formed by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to coordinate the handling of the impact of the Montara oil spill in the Indonesian Timor Sea. He explained, the oil spill occurred on August 21, 2009 when the oil platform at the Montara field owned by a Thai company, PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), exploded off the continental shelf in Australia.

More than 23 million liters of oil spilled into the Timor Sea for 74 days. The oil spill also affected the coast of Indonesia, with affected areas in Indonesia estimated to reach approximately 92,000 square meters.

"The Task Force Team will depart for Canberra to hold a meeting with the relevant parties. We will sit together to resolve the impact of this 2009 oil spill in an atmosphere of togetherness with the Australian Government on April 20-27 2019. So we ask the Government of Australia to prepare their related officials to sit together and resolve this case that have been going on for 10 years, "he said.

The governments of Indonesia and Australia have ratified UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). Under UNCLOS, both the Australian government and the Indonesian government share the responsibility to deal with the effects of pollution on the Indonesian sea, as stated in article 192 of the convention.