Oil spill that caused Indonesia fire was due to broken pipe

DELETES DATE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018, photo, a tug boat tries to extinguish fire from a burning oil tanker in Balikpapan, Indonesia. Waters off an Indonesian port city reek like a gas station after an oil spill and fire that killed four people over the weekend, an official said Wednesday, April 4. (AP Photo)
A worker cleans up oil that inundated the coastline in Balikpapan, Indonesia Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Waters off an Indonesian port city reek like a gas station after an oil spill and fire that killed four people over the weekend, an official said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Police say an oil spill that caused a fire that killed five people and sickened hundreds in an Indonesian port city was due to a broken pipe the state-owned energy company was using to transfer crude oil.

East Kalimantan police spokesman Ade Yaya Suryana said Thursday that while a preliminary identification showed the pollutant was marine fuel oil the latest sample confirmed it was crude oil from an underwater pipe owned by state oil and gas company Pertamina.

The leaking oil caused a fire on a fishing boat and a ship carrying coal Saturday. The body of a missing person was found late Wednesday, raising the death toll to five.

The city of Balikpapan has distributed masks, and more than 1,300 people have suffered breathing problems, nausea and vomiting.

Similar News

Source: Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park

Aug 11, 2016

The 10-year-old boy killed during a ride on the world's tallest waterslide was decapitated, a person familiar with the investigation said Wednesday

Australian official rejects criticisms of China investor ban

Aug 12, 2016

Australia's treasurer has rejected accusations that the true reason his government plans to ban Chinese bidders from leasing a Sydney electricity grid is to appease influential lawmakers with xenophobic views

Macy's plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

Aug 11, 2016

Macy's says it plans to close about 100 stores next year and increase its investments online as the department store operator tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market

Broaden