………. and the Post
Lapindo Brantas has finally agreed with an international team of geologists that the data first published in January last year regarding the Sidorajo mudflow is substantially correct.
A follow up report by American, British, Indonesian and Australian scientists published this week in the academic journal “Earth and Planetary Science Letters”, which outlines and analyzes a detailed record of operational incidents on the drilling of a gas exploration well, Banjar-Panji-1, by Lapindo Brantas, clearly states that it was not possible for the mudflow to have been caused by the Yogya earthquake two days previously.
The new report concludes the effect of the earthquake was minimal because the change in pressure underground due to the earthquake would have been tiny. Instead, scientists say they are “99 percent” certain drilling operations were to blame.
Another article in the Post today reports that many children in Sidoarjo, especially girls, are going to miss out on secondary education because of the extreme tardiness of Lapindo in paying their parents the mandated compensation. Food takes precedence over school fees.
(It’s a shame that Lapindo ceased paying a food allowance a month or so ago, isn’t it?)
Surely it’s time for Abdurizal Bakrie to take it on the chin, be a big man, swallow his pride, admit that his company got it wrong and now do what is right for for the victims of Lapindo’s negligence.