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Baliís Mangrove Damaged by Oil Spill

PT Indonesia Power to Blame for Damage to Protected Mangrove Near Benoa Caused by Leaking Fuel Pipe

(2/9/2014) Oil leaks from a pipeline owned by PT Indonesia Power have soiled and damaged a two-hectare area of mangroves near Benoa.

The leak occurred on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, releasing “dozens of liters” of marine fuel oil and high sped diesel fuel into the environmentally sensitive area.

Clean up efforts are underway but there has bee no formal estimate of the damage to sea life, birds and mangrove flora.

The offending pipeline is located between the Denpasar tollgate and the Benoa port.

Indonesia Power who owns the pipeline is a subsidiary of PT PLN – the State Power Board,

The Jakarta Post reports that workers were spraying the oil slick with dispersant and endeavoring to clean the mangrove.

Worker claim the clean up was concluded in 24-hours with a residual amount of oil still left clinging to the exterior of the pipeline.

Indonesia’s Power Bali says they will soon hold a re-greening program in the are surrounding the leak assisted by their own staff and local volunteers.