Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Magurchhara blow-out: again Unocal plans pipeline thru' pristine forest

"Magurchhara blow-out claims remain unmet seven years on"

US company Unocal is preparing for construction of a three-kilometre pipeline through the small but environmentally sensitive Lowachhara forest in Moulavibazar while the nation is yet to be compensated for the enormous losses the Magurchhara gas field blowout caused seven years ago.

Although Unocal's American predecessor Occidental was found fully responsible for the blowout that damaged a gas structure worth $600 million, the gas field's owner Petrobangla is not pursuing compensation issue.

Meanwhile, Unocal claims it has already compensated for the gas damage.

The environment ministry had initially assessed an environmental damage of Tk 609 crore.

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