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JOIN LONDON PROTEST MEETING ON MAGURCHARA GAS EXPLOSION AND DAMAGE : TIME &VENUE: 13 JUNE 2014, Friday, 06 PM, MONTEFIORE CENTRE

A devastating gas explosion occurred on 14 June 1997 while oil and gas company Occidental was drilling at Magurchara, northeast Moulvibazar district in Bangladesh. Blow out turned into inferno, towering 300 feet high and spread over surrounding rainforest, farmlands and villages. The explosion damaged as below:

• Destroyed about 700 acres reserved forest and 10 tea gardens. Explosion caused serious damage to the environment, ecology and wildlife, permanently damaged vast areas around.

• It destroyed estimated 6.9 billion cubic metres of gas.

• National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources revealed gas destroyed caused explosion estimated price stands 25 thousand crore taka loss to Bangladesh.

• Explosion troubled and displaced lives and livelihood of the local people live nearby. Many were rendered homeless as fire spread over large area.

• Railway, high way, road and local infrastructure were damaged.

Bangladesh claimed compensation from Occidental and accused of negligence running Magurchara gas field. After the explosion Occidental sold its interest to Unocal, which later merged with Chevron. Occidental left Bangladesh. Due to inactive role of the government, Occidental could sell its interest to another American company Unocal without having any agreement on compensation.

Government was responsible of being lenient to Oil and Gas companies. They had informal understanding and were bribed and thus protected oil and gas companies’ interests rather than Bangladesh. Later on, Bangladesh government claimed $ 650 million (39 billion taka) for realising compensation against Unocal and brought the issue into the international court. It was a show up for making people fool.

It is also to be mentioned here that three major gas explosions happened in Bangladesh. One at Magurchara and two others were at Tengratila. Bangladesh has not yet received any compensation for the damage caused explosion.

WE DEMAND

• We demand confiscation of assets of Chevron, Unocol and Niko to realise compensation as they are responsible for Magurchhara and Tengratila gas explosion.

• We demand not to make any agreements with incompetent company who can’t make quality performance and ensure safety.

•We demand annulment of agreements that does not protect Bangladesh’s interest.

• Non-renewable resources related activities must be run by the national institutions.

• We demand formation of a committee including relevant experts, people’s organisations and people’s representatives oversee and evaluate activities and agreements made.

• We strongly demand that all agreement should be made public beforehand.

Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources and Port in Bangladesh, The UK Branch

Contact: A Khan 07714288221