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Source of world’s largest mud volcano is still in dispute 10 years on from first eruption

Lusi is possibly the youngest sedimentary-hosted hydrothermal/geothermal system on Earth and is located a few kilometers to the NE of the Arjuno-Welirang volcanic complex. Picture: Humanitus Sidoarjo Fund
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Und ewig blubbert Lusi

Vielleicht war es ein Fehler bei einer Bohrung oder ein entferntes Erdbeben. Seit zehn Jahren jedenfalls sprudelt Schlamm aus einem Loch in Java. Bereits 40 000 Menschen haben ihre Häuser verloren.
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Indonesia’s ‘Mud Volcano’ and Nine Years of Debate About Its Muck

“I am surprised that the authors could arrive at such a strong conclusion from such inconclusive data,” said Stephen Miller, a professor of geodynamics and geothermics at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland who has published findings in support of the earthquake hypothesis. “All science screams that Lusi is natural.”
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Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today.

New analysis of underground gas levels measured at the time of the outburst point the finger to gas exploration -- not an earthquake -- as the trigger, a research team from the United States, Britain and Australia wrote in the journal Nature Geosciences.
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Indonesian constitutional court (Mahkamah konstitusi) recent ruling - Lumpur Sidoarjo

Mahkamah konstitusi is the highest court in Indonesia that rules on the constitutionality of laws & regulations passed by government bodies.
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KPK Turns the Screw on Former SKKMigas Head

Indonesia’s antigraft body intensified its investigation into the disgraced head of upstream oil and gas regulator SKKMigas, adding an additional charge of money laundering to the growing docket of Rudi Rubiandini, a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) official said on Thursday.

Indonesia arrests oil and gas regulator boss Rubiandini

Indonesian authorities have named the head of the country's oil and gas regulator, SKKMigas, as a suspect in a bribery case.
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Antigraft Comission Arrests SKKMigas Chief Over Alleged Bribery

Rudi Rubiandini, head of Indonesian energy regulator SKKMigas, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Jakarta in this March 6, 2013 file photo.

Indonesia's mud disaster probably had natural causes

Earthquake, not drilling, likely caused 2006 eruption in Java.

Catastrophic Mud Eruption Had Natural Causes, Study Finds

A catastrophic mud eruption in Indonesia blamed on drilling by an oil company might instead have natural causes, new research suggests.