Second Attempt to Plug Oil Leak Fails

Publication: Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Author: David Weber

10/14/2009 - The disastrous spill in the Timor Sea is still spewing out oil after the failure of a second attempt to plug it.

The West Atlas rig off Australia's north-west coast has been leaking for nearly eight weeks.

Now there will have to be a third attempt to stop the flow but the date for that will not be set until today.

Environmentalists are calling for the company to reveal how much oil has been spilled and what caused the leak in the first place.

The company involved, PTTEP Australasia, says the probability of success was not in its favour yesterday.

Yet it says that with every pass it gets closer to the target—25 centimetres in diameter; 2.6 kilometres below the seabed.

The Kimberley manager of the Pew Environment Group, John Carey, says there is still too much mystery about how the leak began.


Read the full article Second Attempt to Plug Oil Leak Fails on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Web site.

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