MEPA requests Coast Guard to locate ship responsible for oil spill | Daily News

MEPA requests Coast Guard to locate ship responsible for oil spill

The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has requested the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to commence an operation to locate the ship responsible for the oil spill in the seas off Western coast of Sri Lanka.

MEPA General Manager Dr. Turney Pradeep Kumara told the Daily News that a layer of oil, similar to tar, was witnessed over a 1 kilometre stretch of sea and the beach between Wellawatte and Mount-Lavinia yesterday morning. He requested the public to stay clear of this area until the clean-up operations are complete.

He said the oil slick could either be an accident or deliberate release of oil to sea by a ship. “In any way it is an offence for which very high fines apply. The responsible ship had fled away and we asked the Coast Guard to trace this ship through the help of satellite images and other technological means,” he said. He said the MEPA also lodged a Police complaint in this regard and collected a sample of oil leaked to the sea.

He said the clean-up operations commenced yesterday with the help of the Coast Guard, Sri Lanka Navy and the Disaster Management Centre. 


 

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