ALA supports Montara class action
3rd Aug 2016
A Federal Court class action today seeks to finally bring justice for thousands of Indonesians affected by an Australian oil spill in 2009.
In 2015 the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) released a report, After the Spill, detailing the spill and its aftermath, including the devastating impact it had on Indonesian communities. Residents of Nusa Tenggara Timur, the Indonesian province closest to Australia, have been severely affected by the spill. Their local seaweed farming industry died off as a result of the spill, fish and other marine life died and mangroves withered.
“The class action being filed today is the culmination of years of research and advocacy by the ALA and others”, said ALA spokesperson on the Montara oil spill, Greg Phelps.
“It was outrageous that the Australian government and Thai company PTTEP Australasia saw fit to ignore the mountains of evidence and the needs of these villagers, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by the oil and the chemicals used in clean up evidence.
“This is the opportunity for justice to be afforded”, said Mr Phelps.