Now, drilling company PTTEP says it won’t even try to plug the leak causing the oil spill this weekend. Instead, it will just go and gather information about the leak.
Chemical dispersal agents sprayed on the Timor Sea oil spill have not been effective in preventing the spill from making landfall and causing environmental damage. The number of Indonesian islands known to be suffering from contamination now include Rote, Sumba, Tote Ndao, Landu and Ndana.
In spite of the tremendous mess that PTTEP has made out of the Timor Sea with its technical incompetence already, the company was able to purchase yet more drilling rights in the Timor Sea just yesterday.
Oil drilling companies lack the competent control of their equipment that would be required to keep our seas and shores protected from massive oil spills of the sort now spewing out of control in the Timor Sea.
In spite of its responsibility for the Timor Sea oil spill, and its inability to stop the spill from continuing in spite of three attempts with its most advanced technology, PTTEP Australasia was just awarded the right to drill in several new locations in Australian waters. The company now has Australian government permission to conduct just the same sort of operations that led to the Timor Sea spill in the first place.
It turns out that the results of only one of many tests of marine life were publicly released. The one report that was released was based only on tests of four fish collected from the thousands of square miles of oil covered waters. Furthermore, those four fish were frozen before testing, which made it impossible to perform the most reliable test of oil contamination.
The Australian government had been accepting PTTEP claims about the extent of the Timor Sea oil spill without critically examining them, even though experts at Geoscience Australia, a government agency, indicate that the oil spill could be five times as large as the PTTEP estimate.
The third attempt to fix the huge oil leak in the Timor Sea has failed. PTTEP Australasia won’t be able to even begin a fourth try until four days from now.