Reports of skin disease from Montara oil spill

Mr Phelps said the Australian Government should, with the governments of Indonesia and East Timor, request PTTEP Australasia fund an independent investigation into the the reach of the spill and its impact.

Mr Phelps said he had the support of the Indonesian government to represent fishermen from the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara, including West Timor, and of the East Timorese government to represent fishermen from the district of Oecusse, on the north-west coast of the island.

Sheen and weathered oil was observed in Indonesia‘s exclusive economic zone in September 2009, reaching to within 94km of the island of Palau Roti off the coast of West Timor.

“Sheen and weathered oil was observed in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone in September 2009, reaching to within 94km of the island of Palau Roti off the coast of West Timor”.

Photo: A fisherman from the West Timor village of Tablolong says these sores appeared after the Montara oil spill.

A June 2010 report from the Montara Commission of Inquiry found “hydrocarbons did enter Indonesian and Timor Leste waters to a significant degree”.

Read more here: ABC

    

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