Lapindo Mud Flow

This might look like the beginnings of a nice sunset over a small lake.

…but it’s actually the beginnings of a sunset over a giant pool of mud. To be specific, it’s hot mud flowing from a well that was drilled in natural gas exploration. It’s turned into a volcano that spews nothing but mud at an incredible rate.

The mudflow started two years ago, and spread almost instantly to swallow several villages in their entirety.

The government and the company responsible, or irresponsible company that has yet to be held responsible, have been building dams to direct the mud into a river and out into the ocean.

There are over 12,000 displaced families that have yet to recieve compensation for their destroyed homes. The twist comes from the fact that the compay, Lapindo Brantas Inc., is owned by one of the richest men in Indonesia who also happens to be the government’s Minister for the People’s Welfare.

The National Commission on Human Rights has gone so far as to say the mudflow is a, “Gross human rights violation.”

Talking to people in the area, it was clear that the entire region is suffering. The toll road through the region was completely wiped out, and the factories that depended on the road have started to close putting a lot of people out of work.

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