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Oil and Chemical Spills

Oil spill that caused Indonesia fire was due to broken pipe

An oil spill that caused a fire that killed five people and sickened hundreds in an Indonesian port city came from a broken pipe the state-owned energy company was using to transfer crude oil, police said Thursday.

A preliminary investigation had identified the leaking substance as marine fuel oil, but East Kalimantan police spokesman Ade Yaya Suryana said the latest sample confirmed it was crude oil from a pipe laid on the seabed and owned by state oil and gas company Pertamina.

The oil leaking from the broken steel pipe caused a fire at a fishing boat and a ship carrying coal at its stern Saturday. Four people were confirmed killed earlier, and rescuers found another...