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Coping with an Undersea Mud Volcano in Java

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Other experts maintain it was a man made disaster. There was a hydrocarbon exploration drilling rig only 150 meters from LUSI's first eruption. The Limporo company had drilled to a depth of 8,500 feet, which required a thick concrete casing to resist the pressures at that depth. At the time of the eruption, the drill bit was boring through porous limestone. If the crew had been logging or perforating the casing [shooting holes to hasten the samples rising to the surface] they could have weakened the well apparatus. Thus released the steam and gasses will find the path of least resistance to the surface.

The legal matters are complex and somewhat unusual. Although the drilling outfit's parent company has no judgments against it, they have paid $560 millions to resettle displaced victims. The firm's net worth is $5 billions. If the courts rule in favor of the victims, it could wipe out the company.

AQl Jazeera has made a balanced presentation of the issues.

This is the fifth and final documentary on the subject power and people. From the cursory view, the outside observer will judge the issue in terms of his political predilections.

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