An oil spill disaster took place in Balikpapan bay back in March 31, 2018. The cause of the incident was an anchor dropped by MV Ever Judger to the area where an underwater pipeline owned by PT Pertamina (Persero) is located. As a result of this incident, oil spilled into the sea and triggered fire and claimed the lives of 5 local fishermen. Since the incident, the vessel’s captain has been found guilty, and sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Balikpapan District Court. But until now, this incident still leaves a large ecological impact on the ecosystem and the inhabitants around the bay. Several parties who acted on behalf of the Balikpapan residents recently filed a citizen lawsuit against six State institutions that they considered negligent in solving this problem. Meanwhile, last week, the Minister of Environment and Forestry also filed a lawsuit against several parties, including Pertamina and Ever Judger Holding Company Limited, over the same incident.To subscribe please click here