Indonesia plans to sue Thailand's PTTEP over 2009 oil spill

Indonesia plans to sue Thailand's PTTEP over 2009 oil spill

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JAKARTA: Indonesia is getting ready to sue a unit of Thailand's PTT Exploration and Manufacturing (PTTEP) over alleged environmental injury from the Montara oil spill in 2009, the nation's Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry stated.

The transfer follows earlier makes an attempt at negotiation that stalled in 2012, and a separate class motion go well with filed by a gaggle of about 15,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers in search of greater than A$200 million ($154 million) from PTTEP Australasia to cowl damages from the spill.

A complete of about 30,000 barrels of oil have been estimated to have spewed into the Timor Sea over 74 days after an explosion at PTTEP's Montara drilling rig off Australia's northwest coast in 2009.

"This pertains to Indonesian sovereignty and poor communities whose lives depend upon the maritime sector, so we should struggle this in a extra deliberate method," Basilio Dias Araujo, Indonesia's assistant deputy minister for security and safety, stated in a press release revealed on the ministry's web site.

The Indonesian authorities and state prosecutors are within the strategy of compiling proof and have invited round 50 professional witnesses to help the case, the assertion stated.

"The Indonesian authorities has requested PTTEP for compensation by means of non-litigation channels, however the negotiation course of turned deadlocked in 2012, so no agreements have been reached," Araujo added.

The slick from Montara reached Indonesian waters, and was Australia's worst offshore drilling accident. An Australian authorities inquiry blamed the spill on systemic shortcomings on the Thai oil big.

A Bangkok-based spokeswoman for PTTEP, the exploration flagship of prime Thai power firm PTT Pcl, stated she couldn't instantly touch upon the matter.

"No oil from the Montara incident reached the Australian and Indonesian mainlands," PTTEP Australasia stated on its web site, citing unbiased scientific research, and "there was little or no detectable impression from the spill on any marine eco-system or species within the Timor Sea."

"There have been no lasting destructive impacts on the area's biodiversity" from the spill, it stated.

PTTEP was fined A$510,000 ($394,000) by a Darwin courtroom in 2011 after pleading responsible to 4 expenses referring to office well being and security and failure to take care of good oilfield apply. That end result "concluded all authorities authorized issues in relation to the Montara incident," the corporate stated.

The Indonesian seaweed farmers from Nusa Tenggara Timur province started their motion final August and the subsequent listening to is scheduled to happen in Might, in response to their authorized staff.