A nearly 35,000 square mile oil spill has almost entirely stayed off the radar and remained nearly silent in the press. Between August 21 and November 3rd 2009 there was a major oil leak off the coast of Australia that gushed out of control for months. In a scene all too familiar, the oil companies are working overtime to squash the compensation that they promised the people in the infected areas.
Nearly 18,000 fisherman were effected due to this massive plume of oil that flowed into the Timor Sea. This event was termed Australia’s worst offshore drilling rig disaster in history.