Friday, October 23, 2009

oil spill in the Kimberley

If the spill is so much bigger than originally thought, the responsible bureaucrats just haven't been looking - they didn't want to find out bad news that might damage the rush for development in the North-West, which is reminiscent of Exxon's strategy with Exxon Valdez. The "let's put our heads in the sand it will go away and it will all calm down in a little while" strategy The oil industry needs to treat this as an industry-wide problem - a public relations disaster for any planned developments in the Kimberley.

And who are PTTEP Australasia? They purchased the well in February 2009 so the leak may not be their responsibility, but they lack the resources to plug it quickly.