Peat Fires Within PT. Kalista Alam Caused Through Human Act
Aceh Terkini July 5
ACEH TERKINI – An expert witness of the Ministry of Environment (MoE), Bambang Heru Saharjo, said that the fire in the peatland area of PT. Kalista Alam in Nagan Raya was caused through a human act, not by nature.
“Nature escalated the fire, but it was a human act,” said Bambang in his explanation during the civil court session on Thursday at the District Court of Meulaboh.
In front of the Panel of Judges chaired by Rahmawati SH, Bambang explained that the indicator for the fires is hotspot data.
To identify the fire, Bambang had to conduct field visit. “I went twice to the area of PT. Kalista Alam, directly assisted by the representative of the company,” Bambang admitted.
The fire was clearly a result of human act, not caused by the nature. “The peat fires should have been able to control by the company,” he said.
The fires caused green house gas (GHG) emission. “If the fire spread, it could have caused smog fatal for the health of any living creatures,” said this expert of land/forest fires of the Agriculture Institute of Bogor (IPB).
Still according to Bambang, after the peat was set on fire, palm oil can still be planted using the ash substituting fertilizers. “But the product is lost its economic value,” said Bambang, who once collected the samples of peat fire within the area of PT. Kalista Alam.