Debate over Indonesian mud volcano gets messy

2017-10-05 01:00:04

As the Lusi mud volcano in Indonesia continues to spew millions of litres of mud every day, debate over the trigger for the eruption is heating up again. On the day before Lusi was first observed to be erupting in 2006, the oil company Lapindo Brantas was drilling for gas nearby. The well was sealed because the drilling had breached a pocket of saline water. Geologist Richard Davies of Durham University, UK, argues that this prompted the eruption – a view supported by many petroleum geologists at a meeting in Cape Town, South Africa,