Indonesia: New research finds drilling by Lapindo Brantas caused 2006 mud volcano that killed 14, displaced thousands - firm contests the study

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14 February 2010

Lusi volcano eruption blamed on mining firm by British-led science team [Indonesia]

Author: Tracy McVeigh, Guardian [UK]

British scientists have revealed evidence that a mining company drilling for gas was responsible for unleashing a mud volcano in Indonesia which has killed 14…and left tens of thousands homeless…The enormous Lusi volcano in Sidoarjo, East Java, has been spewing…boiling mud…since it first erupted in May 2006 from a drilling hole, owned by oil and gas company Lapindo Brantas [joint venture Energi Mega Persada, MedcoEnergi, Santos]. Thirteen villages have been smothered by the sludge and 60,000 people have been made homeless…[E]nvironmental groups have been calling for a public inquiry and demanded…hold[ing] Lapindo and its shareholders, Bakrie Group, Santos of Australia and Medco Group, accountable…[T]he latest research…provided the strongest evidence to date of a link between the well and the volcano…But Lapindo's vice president Yuniwati Teryana said the research was wrong. "They don't have complete data. There is no correlation between the eruption and Lapindo," she said.

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Author: Arnaud Guiguitant, Le Monde [France]

Une erreur humaine est-elle à l'origine de l'éruption de boue du volcan Lusi qui, depuis le 29 mai 2006, ravage une région industrielle de la province est de l'île de Java, en Indonésie ? Une étude scientifique, présentée vendredi 12 février, accrédite cette thèse... A l'origine du forage, la compagnie d'énergie indonésienne Lapindo-Brantas [joint venture de MedcoEnergi, Energi Mega Persada, Santos] a toujours contredit cette version. Jusqu'à présent la justice indonésienne lui a donné raison en l'acquittant lors du procès achevé en septembre 2009... Les coulées ont causé la mort de quatorze personnes et noyé douze villages sous un lac visqueux d'un millier d'hectares

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