Green activists for immediate steps to remove spilled oil

Green activists for immediate steps to remove spilled oil

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Green activists from separate demonstrations in the capital and Barisal on Friday demanded that the government take immediate steps to remove oil spilled across a vast area of the Sundarbans from an oil tanker.
In the capital, Sundarbans Rakkha Jatiya Committee organised a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club to press for the demand.
Speakers at the programme also observed that the government should learn a lesson from the incident and move back from its move to establish a coal-fired power plant near the world’s largest mangrove forest.In Barisal, Bigyan Andolon Manch organised another human chain in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in the city on the same demand.
Speakers at the human chain demanded an immediate ban on the plying of mechanised vessels in and around the Sundarbans.
They demanded that the authorities take effective steps to clean up the oil slicks emerged on the water surface across a huge area of the mangrove forest due to the oil spillage that also posed a great threat to the biodiversity.
The ‘OT Southern Star 7’, carrying some 3.57 lakh litres of furnace oil, sank in the Shela River at Mrigmari under East Zone of the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel, ‘Total Cargo, on Tuesday.
Seven crewmembers of the oil tanker managed to swim ashore while its master, M Mokhlesur Rahman, still remained missing. – UNB

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