In 2009 an oil well blew out in waters off of North Western Australia.
Operators lost control of a drilling rig it had blown and millions of gallons of crude were venting into the ocean unchecked. The size and potential effect of this was understated publicly, citing the remote location of the rig, and minimalizing the effect to life. It was due to pass out of view fairly quickly.
Our long-term involvement with the waters and islands of Eastern Indonesia assisted us in bringing attention of the potential environmental outcomes to this pristine ocean environment We started a campaign to bring attention to the unfolding disaster with an ongoing series of emails to politicians, the ABC and other media sources as well as the company responsible.
Some ten years later a court case is about to begin between PTTEP and 20,000 Indonesian seaweed farmers.
Whatever the outcome, this is a watershed moment, the first case of its kind, heralding a new era in environmental stewardship and co-operation between nations.