Indonesia’s state-owned oil company Pertamina has finally admitted it is responsible for a major oil spill on the coast of Borneo.
The admission by Pertamina follows four days of denials by the company
It says one of its undersea pipelines was severed and crude oil poured into the bay
The refinery continued operating as normal for several days after the initial leak
Pertamina said one of its undersea pipelines was severed last week, causing crude oil to pour into Balikpapan Bay.
Five fishermen died when the oil spill ignited last week.
The pollution spread throughout the bay killing local marine life including protected dugongs and dolphins, and has caused an overpowering stench across Balikpapan, a city of 700,000 people.
The admission by Pertamina follows four days of denials by the company.
Until Tuesday the company continued to claim that Pertamina’s own testing showed the oil was marine fuel, not the crude oil that runs through the company’s pipelines.