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President asked to pressure PTTEP Australasia
Observer of Timor Sea affairs Ferdi Tanoni has asked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to issue an instruction to press PTTEP Australasia so that the Montara oil field operator would immediately remove the oil spill from the Timor Sea.
"The Presidential Instruction would serve as an Indonesian weapon to press the oil field operator because since Montara blew up on August 21, 2009, there was no sign that PTTEP Australasia is removing the Timor Sea from the oil spill, gas, condensate, black tin and chemicals," Tanoni said in Kupang Sunday.
Tanoni who is also Chairman of Care for West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said that by the Presidential Instruction Indonesia would be able to force PTTEP Australasia to pay compensation to the affected Indonesian people and surrounding islands.
He also underlined the Indonesian government’s commitment to environmental conservation as carried out by US President Barack Obama against the world giant oil company British Petroleum (BP) urging it to immediately remove the oil spill in the Mexican Gulf.
The writer of "Timor Sea Scandal, a Canberra-Jakarta Economic Political Barter” also hoped President SBY would order Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Environmental Ninister Gusti Muhammad Hatta to sue PTTEP Australasia.
"Such legal process is important because the severely polluted Timor Sea had been kept secret and ignored for almost a year now without the slighest effort of preventing the spread of the pollution which is actually a crime to the environment and humanity," he said.
The former the Australian Embassy immigration agent added that the Timor Sea pollution had victimized thousands of people in the West Timor coastal regions of Rote Ndao, Sabu, Alor, Flores, Lembata and Sumba.