Crude Oil-Like Waste Pollutes Bandar Lampung Beach, Fishermen Have Difficulty Finding Fish
Kupastuntas.co, Bandar Lampung - Reddish
yellow waste similar to crude palm oil (CPO) is polluting Umbul Asam Beach,
Keteguhan Village, East Telukbetung District, Bandar Lampung.
Based on Kupastuntas.co's monitoring at the
location, it was clear that reddish yellow waste liquid was being carried by
the waves on Umbul Asam beach, on Friday (10/11/2023). It is not yet known
where the waste comes from.
Darmin, a local resident, said that this crude
oil-like waste had been there for the last two days. The presence of waste is
very disturbing because it is located on the beach.
"I don't know what the oil waste is, but
there is a smell. There's a lot of oil waste, almost all of this beach is
covered in it," said Darmin when met at the location, Friday (10/11/2023).
He revealed that the presence of waste makes
it increasingly difficult for fishermen to find fish and shellfish in the sea.
"A lot of fish died, there was a smell too. It was difficult for us to
find fish in the sea and shellfish on the beach because of the smell," he
Darmin took samples of sea water affected by
waste and then put them in bottles of packaged mineral water as evidence. The
waste water sample was clearly reddish yellow in color and smelled of oil.
Another resident, Asep, also complained about
the presence of waste similar to crude oil because it caused a strong smell and
made it difficult for fishermen to find fish.
"The smell is very strong and makes it
difficult for fishermen to find fish. Finding shellfish on the coast is also
now difficult after this waste," he said.
Asep admitted that he did not know where the
waste came from. "We don't know where the waste comes from yet. "I
found out that when I was going fishing yesterday, the beach had changed color
and smelled," he said.
This crude oil-like waste was also found at
the Puri Gading Shipyard, Bandar Lampung. Head of Public Relations of the
Lampung Regional Police, Police Commissioner Umi Fadilah Astutik, confirmed
that there was the discovery of waste similar to crude oil or CPO.
"Yes, last Thursday (9/11/2023), at
around 10.50 WIB, officers saw a waste spill," said Umi, Friday
(10/11/2023). Umi said she didn't know the origin of the waste.
"We don't know the origin yet, it is
still under investigation and samples have been taken. We are both
waiting," he said.
Meanwhile, Head of the Lampung Province
Environmental Service (DLH), Emilia Kusumawati, said that her party had sent a
team to review and check oil pollution on the coast of Umbul Asem Beach.
"Yes, the team has gone out, I'll ask the team about the results later,
Monday," said Emilia, Sunday (12/11/2023).
Previously it was reported that in August
2023, black waste resembling asphalt or crude oil was also found along the
shores of Kedu Warna Beach, Way Urang Village, Kalianda District, South Lampung
(Lamsel), Pesisir Barat and Tanggamus. The jet black waste emits a pungent odor
The Lampung Province Environmental Service
(DLH) collected more than 400 sacks of black waste such as crude oil and
asphalt from the three districts.
311 sacks of black waste were collected from
Tanggamus, 100 sacks from Pesisir Barat, and the rest in South Lampung. The
Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has also investigated several
parties with strong indications of dumping black waste in the waters of Lampung
Province. However, we have not been able to announce the results of laboratory
tests on the black waste that polluted the Lampung sea coast some time ago.
The Directorate General of Environmental and
Forestry Law Enforcement, KLHK, Ratio Ridho Sani, said that until now his party
is still continuing to investigate parties who are suspected of dumping black
waste in Lampung waters.
"Regarding the oil spill in Lampung, we
have investigated it and we are currently investigating who the perpetrator is.
We will tell you later because this is not easy. But to this day we don't know
who the perpetrator is," said Ratio, Tuesday (17/10/2023).
He said that KLHK officers had also carried
out inspections of several parties who had strong indications of dumping black
waste, causing the coast of Lampung to become polluted.
"We have investigated several indicated
parties. We are doing finger prints because we are investigating where the
source comes from. Because many sources have the potential to spill oil,"
Ratio said that he would take firm action
against parties who deliberately throw waste into the sea, causing it to be
polluted and making fishermen suffer losses.
"In Lampung, we are still investigating
where the oil comes from. But we will clearly take firm action. Because we have
the forensic fingerprints and are investigating them one by one," he
This news was published in the Monday 13
November 2023 edition of Kupas Tuntas daily newspaper with the title "Crude Oil-Like
Waste Pollutes Bandar Lampung Beach"
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