Perhaps this is because the oil slick is off the coast from a very lightly populated part of Australia, and also that much of the slick is drifting away from Australia and towards Indonesia and East Timor. But even if the direct impact of the oil slick is felt more in parts of other countries, this is something which should be of concerns to Australians too.
Bob Gosford’s post on this topic notes a report in the Jakarta Post which among other things, states that the oil slick had reached land and damaged thousands of hectares of ready-to-harvest seaweed.
“Seaweed, which is one of the province’s prime commodities, has been polluted. If the farmers fail to harvest their seaweed, they would incur losses of up to billions of rupiah,” said the West Timor Care Foundation NGO director Ferdi Tanoni.
WWF-Australia have travelled through some of the huge areas of ocean which have now been affected by the continuing oil spill. Details of their findings can be found at this link.
Three attempts to plug the link have already failed. Another effort is expected to be made soon.
(First posted at Asian Correspondent)