PTTEP Australasia, the company that promised that its offshore oil drilling rig in the Timor Sea was constructed with state of the art technology that made an oil spill nearly impossible, has now stood by for two months, unable to stop a leak that has coated the Timor Sea with a massive toxic coating. Dolphins, penguins and sea birds have been filmed swimming through the oil slick. Indonesian fishermen are reporting huge losses of income.
And now, the third attempt to fix the leak has failed. PTTEP Australasia won’t be able to even begin a fourth try until four days from now. Back in late August, Australian Senator Rachel Siewert predicted that the oil spill could last eight weeks. That mark has now been exceeded. When will it end? Ten weeks? Twelve? Twenty?
How can anyone watch this environmental disaster and still promote expanded offshore drilling along the shores of the United States of America?