This is something to check out. A visitor who had just been to Aceh told me today that someone over there mentioned an “oil spill” had taken place. So I looked it up online and found reports of a gas spurt shooting up 12-15 metres into the air from a disused oil well in agricultural land in East Aceh at the end of July. The gas cocktail also contained oil, mud and ‘salt’. A loud sound measuring 73 decibels was heard. You can hear a noisy background sound in the video above.
The site, located at Desa Seunebok Lapang, Kecamatan Peureulak Timur, Kabupaten Aceh Timur, had been observed since April. The spurt took place at the end of July 2019 and apparently continued for some time.
Where exactly is this place? Apparently, directly west of Penang, across the Straits of Malacca.
The question now is where did this spray of gas, oil, ‘salt’ and mud end up and was it successfully contained. Did any of it find its way into the sea?
Now, I really don’t know if there is any connection between what happened over there and the deaths of fish in Teluk Bahang in Penang in the first half of August or the recent oily smell and sludge at Batu Ferringhi. A state government leader had alluded to the possibility of an “oil spill” at the time.
It might be worth checking this out.