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Sidoarjo sludge starts to be dumped into the sea SIDOARJO - 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.

The government said earlier it would divert the mud to the sea via a river, despite opposition from environmentalists who protested the mud was toxic, but several previous attempts have failed. National Mudflow Disaster Commission spokesman Rudi Novrianto said Monday's channeling was considered a trial aimed at eventually dumping the mud into the sea 20 hours a day, at a rate of 18.5 cubic meters per second.

Experts say the mud volcano is one of the largest ever recorded on land. The mud is believed to come from a reservoir more than 5 kilometers underground that has been pressurized by tectonic activity or by the accumulation of hydrocarbon gases. The gas exploration company blamed for the accident, Lapindo Brantas, argues seismic activity might have caused the mud to break the surface with a volume of 126,000 cubic meters each day.

At least 20 factories and many hectares of rice fields and prawn farms have been destroyed and more than 10,000 people have been displaced. State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar, who had earlier threatened to block efforts to dispose of the mud in the sea on grounds it might kill the fish, said the mud was not toxic and that he now supported the plan. Local shrimp farmers worried the dumping will ruin their ponds. "We did not get any compensation from the company or the president for our losses," said Ali Subhan of the local shrimp farmer association.


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Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 16 October 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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I hope they can make it in something of a tourist attraction so the people who basicaly lost their entire lives can be paid to get started somewhere else.



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