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

Author: Tracy McVeigh, Guardian [UK], Published on: 14 February 2010

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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Related companies: Energi Mega Persada Lapindo Brantas (joint venture Energi Mega Persada, MedcoEnergi, Santos) MedcoEnergi Santos