Crude Oil Suspected to be from Pertamina Operation Contaminates Thousand Islands

Spread the love, Crude oil waste that allegedly leaked from an offshore operation by state-owned energy giant Pertamina has again contaminated the waters of the Thousand Islands regency in Jakarta.

On Tuesday morning, residents of Pari Island worked together to clean up the clotted oil waste along the coast. They said they had seen the oil in the waters of Pari and Lancang islands since Friday.

The residents suspected the crude oil waste had leaked from Pertamina’s drilling operation in Indramayu and Karawang in West Java.

“Seeing the currents, the crude oil waste likely originated from the east, to be precise, Karawang waters where oil drilling points are located,” Pari Island Care Forum (FP3) chairman Mustahgfirin said in a statement.

He estimated that the oil waste had polluted 2 kilometers of the southern coast of Pari Island. If collected, he said, the waste could reach 50 tons.

When oil spilled from an exploration well called YYA-1 north of Karawang last year, the Thousand Islands administration said the spill had reached seven of its southern islands. Pari was one of them, Mustahgfirin said.

Pari residents have raised concerns over the impacts of oil pollution on marine organisms, which the residents depend on for their livelihoods.

Edi Mulyono, said the majority of Pari residents were fishermen, some of whom cultivated seaweed and grouper fish.

“The grouper fish that eat the crude oil will die of poisoning, and if the waste sticks to the seaweed blades, they will burn and turn to white,” Edi told.

“Residents need compensation, but the most important thing is to make sure such incidents will not happen again. Is there no penalty for the party responsible or cessation of operations?” Dwi said.

Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE) spokesman Ifki Sukarya said the company had deployed a team to do a three-day cleanup.

“We do not know where this spill came from. We will make sure to mobilize all subsidiaries to check in the field,” Ifki said on Wednesday.