Demand action over the 2009 Montara oil spill & its impact on the people of West Timor.
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For more than 8 years the people of West Timor have lived with the aftermath of the 2009 Montara oil disaster off the Kimberley coast. Pollution from the oil disaster and the dispersants sprayed by Australian authorities on the massive oil slick, have impacted on the coastal areas of West Timor. Seaweed farms have been left devastated and fish stocks have crashed.
The people of West Timor have been calling for help from the Australian government ever since the disaster struck in late 2009.
The Thai based company responsible for the oil disaster, PTTEP AA, has paid nothing in compensation to the West Timorese people whose lives have been impacted by this spill. The company received a $510,000 fine for breaching Australian regulations for an oil spill, that lasted more than 70 days and a slick that covered more than 90,000 sq km. This is in stark contrast to the billions in fines and compensation that BP was forced to pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster just 10 months after the Montara oil spill.
The Montara oil spill happened in Australian waters under the watch of Australian authorities who, an Australian inquiry found, were asleep at the wheel. The people of West Timor have suffered from a pollution event that had nothing to do with them and they continue to suffer. The Australian Government should step in to assist these people in their fight for justice.
We are asking the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to bring the Australian and Indonesian Governments to the table together with the polluting company and the West Timor Care Foundation, which acts for the impacted fishermen and seaweed farmers, in order to settle this long-running issue.
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