Pertamina sanctioned over Balikpapan oil spill

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  • 02 May 2018 12:00 AM
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Pertamina Sanctioned Over Balikpapan Oil Spill

Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry has imposed administrative sanctions on state oil and gas company Pertamina over an oil spill incident that caused pollution and damage to the ecosystem of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. Among the requirements outlined by the Ministry is the submission of data on areas where Pertamina's operations face similar oil spill risks. The ministry also asked Pertamina to carry out an environmental audit to identify the problems it faced, determine ways to solve them and take responsibility for areas affected by the oil spill. In addition to administrative sanctions, Pertamina will have to pay compensation for losses caused by the oil spill. The ministry said, however, that it had yet to determine an exact amount for the losses and environmental damage caused by the incident.

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