Thursday, February 22, 2007

State scientists set Bakrie free from disaster costs

The Jakarta Post run as its headline today a conclusion of a workshop of scientists from state agencies (LIPI & BPPT), geologist association (IAGI), and some scientists from overseas universities that the mudflow in Sidoarjo is a mud volcano, a natural disaster. They recommend government to immediately consider the mudflow as a natural disaster so the state should take the responsibility.

The workshop was organized just weeks before government should make new decision on the future of the mudflow handling as the existing team established by president SBY last September would end its tenure early next month. While minister of public works and other scientists rejected the conclusion, cause it will make the state should finance all the reconstruction of public infrastructures, the timing of the workshop and its conclusion raised the question: why now? why not next month? what's happened with the money Lapindo had disbursed? what will happen with the president decree that all costs (set at Rp3.8 trillion) are Lapindo's responsibility?
Should the cabinet accept the recommendation, for sure the additional cost predicted at Rp4 trillion to rebuild the public infrastructures would be transfered to state's shoulders (al of us).
"Who said so?" Djoko Kirmanto, minister of public works reacted when journalists told him that 'experts' recommended the mudflow disaster as a natural disaster caused, partly, by the earthquake that jolted Yogyakarta.
What about the reports that the mud started to flow weeks before the earthquake? What about the warning of Medco that Lapindo ignored to install casing in the drilling well that caused the mudflow? What about VP Jusuf Kalla's statement that "Bakrie Family would bear all the costs"?




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who organize the workshop ?
Esia, Rasuna or ?

February 22, 2007 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who organize the workshop ?
Esia, Rasuna or ?

February 22, 2007 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"some scientist from overseas universities"....who?what university? come on..please dont be some american global university (not exist)!!!!

February 22, 2007 8:50 AM  
Anonymous mgunawan said...

Just a cut-off from The Jakarta Post:
BPPT said it lacked data to conclude that Lapindo's exploration activity had triggered the disaster.

Kyoto University Professor James Mori, however, said there was still a possibility that Lapindo's drilling activities stimulated the eruption.

So still, Lapindo is the (part of) cause of the mud flood. No doubt of it. And now they want to run away???

February 22, 2007 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to bad for this country ... owning such scientist.....

February 22, 2007 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scientific opinions must be countered with scientific opinions as well. Otherwise we'll waste our resources by dealing with rumours. It won't be that hard to organize another scientific event that can reevaluate the findings objectively.

February 22, 2007 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the gov believes them, it's a sad day for Indonesia once again. Only in Indonesia folks, only in Indonesia where people can get away with this type of thing... sad...

February 23, 2007 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to The Post, the organizer only invited scientists who support the theory that the mudflow was caused by tectonic activities. Journalists should ask Said D. Jenie, chairman of BPPT, on the workshop, who sponsored it?

February 23, 2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would assume that those local scientist strongly supporting "earthquake scenario" behind the mud flow either has just:
a) recently obtained "some funds" for their "further research" activity,
b) got the "free Esia package" for certain years,
c) got promise of "further career enhancement"...

Either way... It does Sucks..

BTW, has any one did check the stock performance of EMP, Medco and Santos-the australian counterparts - prior to Mudflow disaster? A friend of mine told me that the price of their stock were somehow "drastically dropped" quite significantly within days in between mid of second week and early third week of May?? days loong before the Earthquake hits Jogja...

Sum'thin' fishy here...eeh?

February 23, 2007 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as usual, just like all the other Bakrie will get away. sad but true this is the state of our nation today.

February 23, 2007 12:10 PM  

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