JAKARTA: Australian government hailed quick response on Montara incident which left no serious injuries, or even loss of life. The final report draft on Montara blowout provides a comprehensive plan to tackle head on the tough policy challenges posed by the Montara incident."The fact is that we were lucky with Montara - no lives were lost, there were no serious injuries and the quick, coordinated response from governments, regulators and industry meant that the impact on the marine environment was minimal," said Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson.Montara was the first major loss of well control in 25 years of safe offshore petroleum operations.Ferguson also said that the main challenge - collectively - is to minimize the risks of any future incidents."That is why I set up the Montara Commission of Inquiry," added him.
Following a period of detailed consideration the Australian government yesterday has released the report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry and a draft government response.The inquiry was set up to investigate the likely causes of the uncontrolled release of oil and gas into the Timor Sea from the Montara Wellhead Platform on 21 August 2009 and make recommendations to the government on how to prevent future incidents.The report contains 100 findings and 105 recommendations, which have implications for governments, regulators, and the offshore petroleum industry.The Australian government proposes accepting 92, noting 10, and not accepting three of the reports recommendations. Ferguson added that the government and community can not just turn heir backs on the industry since it is too important to Australia's economic and energy security."What we can do - working together - is make Australia's offshore safety regime the best and safest in the world," he said. (T03/NOM)
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