The Montara oil spill: a 2009 well blowout in the Timor Sea

Spies, R.B., Mukhtasor, M., and Burns, K.A. (2017) The Montara oil spill: a 2009 well blowout in the Timor Sea. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 73 (1). pp. 55-62.

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Abstract

A well on the Montara platform on the Australian continental shelf blew out in August 2009 and spilled oil into the Timor Sea for 74 days. The oil, estimated at as much as 23.5 million L in total volume, spread over a large area of the shelf and eventually into Indonesian waters. This paper documents, through published literature, reports of both Australian and Indonesian governments and observations of coastal residents and fishermen the spread of the oil and attempts to estimate its impact. The lack of observers on the ocean and baseline, pre-spill data on populations of marine organisms, and delays in deploying scientific surveys after the spill severely limited efforts by the Australian government to determine damage in its territorial waters. Biological survey work was not done in Indonesian waters, but coastal residents attested to relatively severe impacts to algal farms. In addition fish landings declined in one port in southwest Timor Island.

Item ID: 49537
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-0703
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 01:50
FoR Codes: 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370104 Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 100%
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