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Water samples contained bunker oil, not crude oil - MEPA Chairperson

Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) Chairperson Dharshani Lahandapura said the report of the Government Analyst’s Department stated that the water samples checked by the Department contained bunker oil and not crude oil from the ill-fated MT New Diamond Oil Tanker. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, she observed that the report confirmed that there was no leakage of crude oil stored in the vessel.

Responding to questions by journalists on claiming the ‘salvation reward’, she pointed out the responsibility of the country was to assist the vessel in distress and avoid a large scale contamination of sea areas around the country.

“We can recover our expenses from the vessel’s insurance firm. Keeping the ship within our maritime boundary is a heavy responsibility that a small country like us can hardly bear. That is why we asked to take it away from our sea boundary. Arresting it and bringing it back to our seas is not something we can recommend,” she pointed out.

Lahandapura said oil samples were collected by the MEPA scientists from different locations of the sea close to the ship.

 


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