Monica Feria-Tinta has been instructed on behalf of West Timor communities seeking reparation for transboundary harm suffered as a consequence of the Montara oil spill, one of the world’s worst offshore oil rig accidents, taking place in Australian waters.
Monica is counsel to the West Timorese communities, in a claim for transboundary harm against Australia before the UN.
In 2009, the Montara rig exploded 220km from the Western Australian Coast causing at least 23 millions litres of crude oil to spill into the ocean between Indonesia and Australia. Approximately 318,000 litres of oil a day poured into the Timor Sea for about 75 days right where turtles, whales, dolphins, and seabirds live in abundance. The communities argue that the leak from the Montara wellhead platform not only damaged the environment, but the health and livelihoods of fishers and seaweed farmers of 13 regencies in West Timor, Indonesia.
Ten years after the disaster, they are yet to be compensated.
The aftermath of the oil disaster has been broadly covered by international media and it was the subject of a documentary film, “A crude Injustice”.