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Jokowi attends commemoration of Lapindo mudflow disaster Presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met the victims of Lapindo mudflow disaster at the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the tragic event here on Thursday, during which he signed a political contract with them.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2014 00:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Lapindo has to compensate Sidoarjo disaster' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has reminded PT Lapindo Brantas of compensation that has to be settled with the victim of gas mud in Sidoarjo, East Java. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that Lapindo, not the state, is responsible for paying the compensation for the victims of the disaster several years earlier, Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 April 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Debate over Lapindo mud disaster continues The debate over the cause of the mud disaster in Sidoarjo, East Java, is continuing relentlessly even today, according to some experts. It remains unclear whether the mud flow occurred due to a drilling activity or it was a natural disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 May 2012 13:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Threat of break out of Sidoarjo mud flow Once again the mud from one of the large basins around the mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java province threatens to break out. One of the temporary dams, which have been in place for many years now, is leaking mud which can eventually lead to a burst of the dam and flooding of the nearby railroad and main road.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 August 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible new problems after gas leak pops up near mud flow The train track and main road between the large city of Surabaya and Malang has is threathened to be flooded once again near the Sidoarjo mud flow. At several locations along the main supporting dam along the road and the track, there is mud escaping via leaks.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 April 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Sidoarjo mud flow as tourist destination' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday visited a disaster zone caused by a massive mud volcano blamed on gas drilling and said it could be turned into a tourist attraction. The mud has been devouring land and homes in East Java’s Sidoarjo district since May 2006, endangering as many as 100,000 people and causing $4.9bn worth of damage, an Australian expert estimates.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 March 2010 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing problems for victims of Sidoarjo mud flow Nearly 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Indonesia still lack basic services and are awaiting full compensation after a mudflow destroyed homes and farmland almost four years ago.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Aburizal Bakrie forgets his own mess and talks Century Aburizal Bakrie seems to be very eager to move on and leave his own muddy 'history' behind him. The chairman of the Golkar Party has said that the scandal around Bank Century should be completely clear for the public. He seems to forget that his own mud flow near Sidoarjo is covering up large parts of that district for almost four years now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conservationists report mud flow case to KPK The non-government environment protection organization Walhi (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup) has reported a possible case of corruption in handling the well-known Sidoarjo mud flow in East Java province. A spokesperson of Walhi, Erwin Usman, said that state funds were misused. The report has been made based on an audit done by the Financial Control Board BPK in 2007.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 18 December 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud no longer pumped away Irresponsibility by PT Lapindo Brantas may cause more problems for the people already affected by the mud flow near Sidoarjo just south of Surabaya in East Java province. The mud, that has been gushing out of a crater in the earth for over three years now, used to be pumped away in the Porong river. But these pumps are not working correctly anymore. Only two out of the 12 are functioning.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 September 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak occurs near Sidoarjo mud flow, again It is certainly not the first time that a new flow of mud occurs near the Lapindo mud flow in the district of Sidoarjo, East Java province. This time it is the residence of a local named Sudarmanto where the leak occurred. Based on information gathered, the new leak started from a drilled well around 06:00 local time yesterday. With a depth of 24 meters, the well started to produce gases mixed with water and mud.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 August 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






New gas leaks near Sidoarjo mud flow catch fire Four places were gas emerges from the earth in the area of Siring Barat, in the subdistrict of Porong in Sidoarjo, have caught fire yesterday late in the afternoon. The fire reaches heights up to four meters. A spokesperson from the regional government, Dodi Irmawan, has said that the gas that escapes from the leaks is indeed highly flammable if there is open fire at a distance of a few meters. To put out the fires, local fire crews were called to the location.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 July 2009 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Pressure from gas leaks in Siring Barat increases The water leaks mixed with gas which is easy flammable in a garage which is owned by a resident of Siring Barat, sub-district Porong in the district Sidoarjo is increasing in pressure. A number of villagers is forced to attach pipes from the leaks so they can divert the muddy water through their houses into the sewer. One of these places is a phone house owned by Siti Asiyah, a resident of Siring Barat. After they have attached the pipes, she hopes she will be able to open up her business again since it is the only form of income the family has.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 February 2008 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New gas leaks emerge near Sidoarjo mud flow Quite a big number of gas leaks has emerged in the area of Siring Barat in Sidoarjo, eastern Java. The government body which handles the Sidoarjo mud flow (BPLS) has started working on these gas leaks to prevent accidents from happening. BPLS has forbidden residents to light a fire near the leaks or to use the gas as a place for cooking as it can be very dangerous. The local leader of BPLS, Ahmad Zulkarnaen, was given this information when he brought a visit to one of the new gas leaks in the sub-district of Siring Barat.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 January 2008 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents of Siring Barat want financial help for mud flow Some 200 residents of the sub-district of Siring Barat, in the area of Porong in the district of Sidoarjo in eastern Java, demonstrated yesterday in front of the building of the local government of Porong. They want that the area they live in is included in the map on which the mud flow is indicated, so they can claim the right for payment. Last Thursday a dam broke, after which their area flooded with watery mud as well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2008 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow dam breaks, railway closed Rail traffic in eastern Java came to a halt on Friday afternoon after an emergency dam at the mud flow gave away earlier last night. The railway between kilometer 32 and 33 is flooded with mud with heights up to half a meter.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 January 2008 14:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railroad near Porong gets more bumpy The railroad near Porong, Sidoarjo, which has been damaged by the mud flow, is still getting worse. However the track is already seen as critical, it is still used to transport people on the routes with destinations Malang, Pasuruan and Banyuwangi. This piece of track is normally used by 40 trains a day.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 13 December 2007 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emergency dam of mud flow in Sidoarjo breaches An emergency withholding dam at point 61 in the village of Gempolsari, Tanggulangin in Sidoarjo breached earlier today. Before, the dam was used as an alternative route for the villages of Gempolsari, Ketapang and Renokenogo. The dam breached after heavy rain lashed the area for a few days. The heavy rains also cause a debit of water to enter the Tanggulangin Sejahtera housing complex.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 December 2007 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indahnesia.com features 76 pictures from the Lapindo Brantas mudflow Indahnesia.com has put together a large series of pictures from the current situation around the mud flow in eastern Java. News about this big issue has died down for the biggest part, but tens of thousands are displaced and until today, the actual problem has not been solved.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 02 November 2007 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crooked railway track in Porong repaired Repairs on the crooked railway track on the line between Siring and Jatirejo in Porong, south of Sidoarjo - close to the hot mud flow from the Lapindo Brantas drilling well - has been completed with success. The repairs started on Monday evening and lasted into Tuesday. The condition of the track between the villages of Ketapang (in Tanggulangin subdistrict) and Siring (in the Porong subdistrict) has been fully restored.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 October 2007 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mud flow that doesn't end While former Indonesian president Suharto was known as the 'Smiling General', current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is known as the 'Crying General'. He shed tears when he talked with the victims of the mud flow near Sidoarjo when they recounted their struggle. Back then, Yudhoyono promised direct compensation. More than one year later, the only company to have paid up is Australian oil and gas explorer Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2007 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report blaming quake stokes volcano row A new report that blames the earthquake of May 2006 for the mud volcano in eastern Java has stoked dispute on Tuesday about whether the drilling well or geology has caused the disaster that engulfed thousands of homes and businesses until today. Scientists tell that they may never find the exact trigger for the eruption of mud from the ground that engulfed an area four times Monaco and already forced 15,000 people to leave their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 August 2007 13:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow causes living room geyser Large amounts of water have been shooting out of the ground in homes and a restaurant hundreds of meters away from the submerged area of land near the mud volcano in Eastern Java. Experts tell that these bursts are caused by underground pressure linked to the flow of mud flowing out of a drilling site near Sidoarjo, just south of Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2007 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls in Japan to deal with mud flow crisis The Japanese will most likely provide a soft loan with a value of up to 1 trillion Rupiah (84 million euro) to help the country stopping the mud flow from the gas drilling site in East Java, which has been gushing mud for almost one year now. The loans were proposed to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono just last week. The Japanese government offered possible solution to stop the mud flow, according to Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 May 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow victims agree to compensation payment arrangement Residents of the housing complex Tanggulangin Anggun Sejahtera I whose properties have been flooded by mud from the Lapindo drilling well in Sidoarjo, East Java, have agreed to accept the compensation payment arrangements as offered by the government. The residents initially demanded 100 percent payment of all costs in one payment, but now they accepted an initial 20 percent payment and the remaining 80 percent in April 2008.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 May 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dam near mud flow source starts to crack Workers are working hard on Thursday to repair a big dam containing mud from the Lapindo well that has already flooded hundreds of homes. Cracks started to appear in the man-made embankment on Wednesday causing authorities to declare the area as a danger zone directly.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 April 2007 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway near Sidoarjo flooded again Mud coming out from a Lapindo Brantas gas well covered the railway track again. This time the flooding occurred in the village of Ketapang Keres, Porong. The mud reached a height of some 20 centimeters and was able to flow onto the track after one of the dams that has been built in a hurry to stop the flow of mud, gave way and collapsed partially. The mud has covered some 600 meters of railway track.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 April 2007 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo mudflow victims rally outside State Palace Some 300 victims from the mud flow in eastern Java rallied outside the State Palace earlier today to demand proper compensation for their lost property. The protesters from Tanggulangin, Sidoarjo, demanded that the government gives them compensation for their home and land that are flooded by the flow of mud coming out from a gas well drill owned by Lapindo Brantas in Sidoarjo.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 16 April 2007 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow victims block Pertamina transmission station Dozens of villagers from Keboguyang village, near Sidoarjo, blocked a gas transmission station owned by state gas company Pertamina, which is located in the village of Permisan. According to the demonstrators, it was agreed that Pertamina would improve the roads in the village. "For over 14 years they have their station here but until today there hasn't been any contribution to the village," said Margono, one of the demonstrators.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 April 2007 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Loss from mudflow estimated at 2,6 billion euro The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) has made an estimation concerning the losses caused by the mud flow from Lapindo in Sidoarjo, East Java. The total cost is now estimated at 27.4 trillion Rupiah (2,6 billion euro), 11,0 trillion Rupiah (909 million euro) in direct and 16,4 trillion Rupiah (1,7 billion euro) in indirect losses. This is the result before a preliminary assessment report will come out next Wednesday, when the figure may be put as high as 44,7 trillion Rupiah (3,7 billion euro).

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 April 2007 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main tollroad near Porong in southern direction closed The main road near Porong, which connects Surabaya and Gempol, is closed for traffic in the direction of Malang to the south and Jember-Banyuwangi to the east. The closure came in effect at 10.00 local time today. The two lanes which originate in Surabaya and run south are closed because of mud flowing on the road since the last nine days.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent mud flow team set up The government has set up a permanent team to help communities affected by the mud flow that has swamped entire villages in East Java. A spokesman of President Yudhoyono announced this on Tuesday. Toll roads, railway tracks and factories have been submerged and over 15,000 people are displaced since May last year when the mud started flowing from a 'mud volcano', following a drilling accident in Sidoarjo, near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina shuts off gas lines near mud volcano State oil and gas company Pertamina has shut off gas lines near the Sidoarjo mud volcano after the main railway link and toll road were flooded with hot mud again. The steaming crater, located near the second-largest city in the country, Surabaya, first began spewing mud in May last year after a failed exploratory gas drilling at the site.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 March 2007 16:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud volcano stops 30 minutes, experts baffled The mud volcano that has displaced over 15,000 briefly stopped spewing hot mud for the first time in the more than nine months the volcano is active. Scientists are baffled by the news. "The flow of mud coming out of the crater suddenly stopped for about 30 minutes shortly before noon on Monday," said Rudi Novrianto, spokesman for the government team active working to plug the flow.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 March 2007 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DPR urges government to help mudflow victims Deputy speaker Muhaimin Iskandar of the DPR (House of Representatives) has urged the government to give more attention to the victims of the mudflow which has been erupting from a gas well owned by PT. Lapindo Brantas (Lapindo) in Sidoarjo, eastern Java. "The government must directly handle the problem by forming a special board which would pay attention to the people especially those suffering from the mudflow," said Muhaimin, who is also general chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB), after attending a meeting of the party`s East Java chapters yesterday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 March 2007 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More concrete balls needed to fill the mud volcano An official involved in 'plugging' the mud volcano near Sidoarjo, east Java, with concrete balls told that they will have to use thousands more balls than initially planned. The plan involves chains of four heavy balls being dropped into the crater. Until now, workers have managed to lower the initial target of somewhat less than 400 chains.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 15 March 2007 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud volcano swallows concrete balls The plan to drop giant concrete balls into the still active mud volcano to slow it's flow may be changed after these balls slid far deeper than expected, Rudi Novrianto, a spokesman said earlier today. The balls slid as far as one kilometer into the crater, roughly twice as deep as expected. Many more of these concrete balls were required to slow down the mud flow now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 February 2007 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant concrete balls in attempt to stem mud eruption Authorities will try to slow down the gushing mud volcano today. The volcano has already inundated villages and factories. They will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into the location of the mud volcano, an official reported. Every single day, around one million oil drums of hot, noxious mud - about 50 Olympic swimming pools - flows out of the hole at a drilling site. This is a continuing event for the last nine months. Already 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 February 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian company sued over Indonesia mudspill The Australian mining company Santos has been named in a Jakarta lawsuit lodged by an Indonesian environmental organisation. As Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson reports, since May last year a 'mud volcano' has spewed from the earth submerging villages, factories and fields and displacing thousands in Sidoarjo in East Java.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation update: Erupting mud volcano The first scientific report reveals that the 2006 eruption will most likely continue to erupt and emit several thousand cubic metres of mud a day for months, if not years to come. This will leave at least 10 km2 around the volcano vent uninhabitable for years and over 11,000 people permanently evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2007 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new tactic to curb massive mud flow Indonesia will drop hundreds of concrete balls into a mud volcano in a bid to brake the flow of hot liquid that has displaced more than 10,000 people and inundated entire villages in Java, an official said on Friday. The torrent of hot mud has been flowing since an oil drilling accident in May in Sidoarjo, an industrial suburb of East Java's Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh mudflow burst in Kedung Cangkring Jabon While the mudflow in Renokenongo village, Porong, Sidoarjo, could still not be stopped, a fresh mudflow burst has been detected in Kedung Cangkring village, Jabon subdistrict in Sidoarjo, East Java, Sunday. The new mudflow was strongly assumed to contain gas according to the result of a test conducted by Lapindo Brantas Inc.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo told to pay 323 mln euro for Indonesia mud disaster The Indonesian energy firm blamed for a mud disaster that left about 10,000 homeless will have to pay 323 million euro to victims and for efforts to stop the toxic flow, the country's president said on Thursday. Entire villages have been inundated by the torrent of mud that has flowed since a drilling accident in May, causing an unfolding environmental disaster in the Sidoarjo area near Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 29 December 2006 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud in East Java threathens railroad The flow of mud after the breaking of the dam near pond A in Desa Kedungbendo, Tanggulangin, is still growing. It doesn't only flood the TAS housing complex, but it also flows to the west and approaches Desa Ketapang, Tanggulangin. Since last Saturday morning, the mud started to overflow the flood channel in front of primary school Kedungbendo 3. Not long after it started to overflow the area of the school, not long after the school had been evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 December 2006 15:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia gas pipe blast hits 13 A 43-year-old man died on Sunday from injuries sustained after a gas pipeline explosion in Java island last month, taking the toll from the disaster to 13, media reports said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 December 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast reaches 12 A man died late on Wednesday after suffering injuries from last week's gas pipeline explosion in the Indonesian area swamped by a devastating mudflow, pushing the incident's death toll to 12, a doctor said. The Nov. 22 blast, which disrupted gas operations in the region covered by state oil company Pertamina's East Java Gas Pipeline, occurred in an area where hot mud has been gushing unchecked since the end of May following a drilling accident.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 December 2006 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from Indonesia pipeline blast climbs Two more bodies were found on Friday near the scene of a gas pipeline explosion in Indonesia's East Java province which was linked to a devastating mudflow, pushing the death toll from the incident to 10. "Rescuers found two more dead bodies this morning and we are currently preparing the identification and autopsy of those bodies," Sukamto Kasmuri, director of the main hospital in the East Java regency of Sidoarjo, told reporters.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 25 November 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge hole in Gempol-Porong tollroad The explosion of a gas pipe of state-run company Pertamina near the center of the drilling well of PT Brantas Lapindo in Porong, Sidoarjo (East Java) has caused a hole in the tollroad ahead. The hole is at least three to five meters wide and is located at kilometer 38. A reporter of Antara news on the scene reported earlier today that the hole in the road is more than big enough for a dumptruck.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2006 16:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono describes mudflow as disaster President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has described the events that took place in the area of Porong (East Java) as a disaster. He said this in a special meeting of his cabinet concerning the explosion of a gas pipeline owned by state-run Pertamina in his office. At least 440 hectares of land are seen as dangerous and are forbidden areas at this moment.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gas pipeline explosion kills five in Sidoarjo An Indonesia gas pipeline exploded, killing at least five people and injuring nine others on Wednesday near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya on Java island, an official said. Antara, the official state news agency, said the pipeline was part of state-owned Pertamina East Java Gas Pipeline that feeds gas to various companies.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 November 2006 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia disaster shows risks of mud volcanoes In a village in Indonesia's East Java province, a man is struggling to watch television with a volcano erupting in his living room. Risks from volcanoes that ooze mud rather than spew lava have long been underestimated worldwide, even with a cataclysmic mudflow in another part of Java that has swamped an area the size of Monaco and forced 10,000 people from their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 21 October 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Stopping mud flow at well costly Stopping and clearing up a massive mud flow at an Indonesian gas well will cost at least $180 million and the final bill may well rise higher, the company operating the well said Thursday. The mud flow started after an accident deep in a drilling shaft on the island of Java four months ago. It now covers more than 1,100 acres, has swallowed scores of homes and displaced 10,000 people.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 October 2006 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Sidoarjo sludge starts to be dumped into the sea Indonesia started dumping mud surging from a gas exploration site in central Indonesia into the sea on Monday, hoping to minimize destruction from the disaster that has submerged entire villages and displaced thousands of people. The mud flow started after an accident occurred deep in a drilling shaft on the seismically charged island of Java four months ago. It now covers more than 450 hectares and is currently being contained by an ever-expanding network of dams.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 16 October 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia delays plans to divert mudflow into river Indonesian disaster crews were forced to abandon plans Thursday to begin diverting millions of tons of mud from an industrial accident into a nearby river because of problems with a new pumping system, an official said. The runaway mudflow, sparked by a gas exploration drilling accident in East Java province last May, now covers more than 400 hectares, has drowned several villages, a highway, and displaced more than 12,000 people.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protesters pour 700 kg of mud outside Aburizal's office Protesters dumped a truckload of mud outside the office of State Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on Wednesday to demand more help for thousands of people affected by a mud flow that swamped a large swath of East Java province. The sludge was collected from the torrent, which began surging from the ground four months after an accident at a gas well owned by a company linked to the family of Aburizal.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 September 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mystery mud swallowing villages An ever-expanding ten-mile square lake of hot oozing mud has already forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Indonesia, after a deep-bore drilling operation went terribly wrong somehow. The drilling company, Lapindo Brantas, has admitted responsibility for the gigantic, bubbling torrent of noxious mud, which has already destroyed twelve factories and seven villages in East Java. However, they are refusing to explain exactly why the Earth is spewing unstoppable toxic goop, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 September 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud-hit area closed due to risk of explosion The site of the mudflow disaster in the Indonesian town of Sidoarjo has been closed to the public, with the authorities fearing a repeat of the Aug. 29 explosion that killed one man, a newspaper said Monday. Police sealed off the site in Porong, which sank five centimeters as of Saturday from the huge outpouring of mud from a gas well accident on May 29.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 September 2006 12:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Mud may force Sidoarjo residents out for good Permanent effects from the huge mudflow engulfing Sidoarjo, East Java, may keep thousands of displaced residents from ever returning to their homes, officials warn. In a worst-case scenario where the mudflow from the May 29 accident remained unstoppable, residents of Porong district would have to relocate, officials reportedly said during a closed-door presentation Friday organized by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 August 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


No end in sight to Sidoarjo mudflow Hot mud that has been flowing from a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, since May 29 breached a dam Thursday morning, forcing thousands of more people from their homes. Later in the day Vice President Jusuf Kalla led an emergency meeting to discuss the continuing environmental and human disaster.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands displaced by noxious mud in Java Noxious mud oozing from around an oil well since late May has driven about 8,000 people from their homes in Indonesia's East Java province and left hundreds gasping for breath or vomiting, according to local officials. "Factories, houses, fields, freeways have been drowned by the mud which is spread over more then 200 ha (494 acres)," Win Hendrarso, head of Sidoarjo regency, an area near the city of Surabaya where the well is located, told reporters late on Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar Baru Porong market, which was scheduled to begin operation in July. Others are camped out in school buildings, offices and local mosques, local newspaper the Jakarta Post daily reported on Monday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions
    
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