Sour Anniversary Looms for Indonesian E…

On May 28, it will be 10 years since something went disastrously wrong 1800 meters down inside Banjar Panji I, an exploratory gas well being drilled near the Surabaya town of Sidoarjo, about 900 km. southeast of Jakarta in east Java. When drillers attempted to shake loose a stalled drill bit, or it broke or disappeared, a torrent of stinking, toxic mud and hydrogen sulfide gas boiled to the surface, spraying gas 10 meters into the air. Ten years later, mud and gas have continued to pour of the ground in what has to rank among the world’s biggest manmade environmental disasters.

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