Oil Spillage in the Sundarbans
Sundarbans, the largest single tract mangrove forest of the world was fallen in threat now when a local oil-tanker ‘OT Southern Star-7’ sank with 367 metric ton furnace oil after a hit by another cargo vessel ‘MT Total’ in Shela River of the Sundarbans, which is 6 kilometers far from Mongla sea port. It is the second oil spillage in last twenty years. A foreign vessel named MV Pavlina sank near Mongla port with 193 metric ton of heavy oil in 1994 near Mongla port.
Sundarbans Watch Group (SWG), a civil society group petronized by CLEAN, with other environmentalist organization namely Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Equity and Justice Working Group-Bangladesh (EquityBD), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Mangrove Action Project (MAP) organized a Press Conference on 11 December 2014 just after the oil spillage and demanded immediate clean-up and declaration of environmental emergency in the Sundarbans. See the Photos and News Clippings of the Press Conference here.