Friday, September 01, 2006

Lapindo disaster: Check out the weather report!

The Jakarta Post published a photo in its Today's front page of State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar pours processed mud into the frame of a building under construction at Porong market, Sidoarjo, East Java. The minister said the mud from Lapindo Brantas Inc's oil and gas operation was safe and ready for use as building material after undergoing treatment to remove toxins.

So, the mud is an alternative for property developers and considering its huge volume it pose a threat to cement makers, especially to PT Semen Gresik Tbk, the market leader in the area. He3.
Other business venture is SPA-like hot mud treatment to be campaigned very soon as the largest SPA in the world. No Kidding!
Kompas reported today PT Jasa Marga's plan to relocate the Surabaya-Gempol turnpike after series of mudflow attack on the major transportation infrastructure. It means the state-owned toll operator would have to build new road as thousands of companies complained of heavy traffic that cost them additional expenses for transporting export goods to seaport.
The largest business opportunity might be the wastewater treatment. President SBY and Mr Rachmat have agreed to dispose the wastewater to river or sea only after being treated at wastewater treatment facilities to make sure the liquid would be free of any toxic substances. I have no idea how many such facilities needed to process millions of cubic meter of mud in the area. But I'm sure it's huge.
Housing rent business might flourishing as more than 10,000 residents have been forced to leave their houses. They get Rp300,000 per month of meal compensation.
But all of these calculations would collapse if rain comes earlier than predicted. Mr Rachmat said the disposal (of mudflow to the sea) might begin in six months' time after the construction of wastewater treatment and dams around the gas drilling site were completed. Check out the weather channel. I'm afraid the rainy season is coming and that would cause more environmental damage. The cost of the damage would well above US$1 billion as estimated by environmentalist. Who will bear the costs?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hillarious!
Processed mud for building construction and, the world's biggest spa (or toxic spa)??

September 01, 2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger Yasha said...

Pak Yosef, you forgot to mention the huge potential for the entertainment industry, as Sidoarjo would be Indonesia's MUD WRESTLING capital!

September 01, 2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Umm Khansa said...

Subhanallah! what?!? Rp. 300.000?? that is a joke err...choke! SBY need to be more systematic and critical in his strategy of managing his country! well...he believes in democracy, right? he represents his people, so, where are you SBY? or r you just a symbol? despite, Lapindo is a private company.

September 02, 2006 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mud wrestling contest is a way to solve this problem.

September 19, 2006 5:20 PM  

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