Friday, March 4, 2011

INDONESIA - A new gas drilling dispute

The drilling company Lapindo Brantas gas is about to make a new drilling at a site located only a few kilometers northeast of the Sidoarjo, where there was a volcanic eruption in 2006, reports the Kompas daily. The company belongs to the family of Aburizal Bakrie, former Social Affairs Minister and current leader of the Golkar political party.

Activists rally against the new drilling and eventually require Lapindo to pay compensation to the tune of 82 million euros, 42 000 victims whose houses had been engulfed by mud. According to international experts, the eruptions of mud at a rate of 180,000 cubic meters per day, will continue for 26 years.

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