Target: Mr. Eunusur Rahman, Chairman of the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation
Goal: Professionally clean up harmful oil spill in endangered dolphins’ habitat
On December 9th, tens of thousands of gallons of oil spilled after a collision inside the Chanpai dolphin sanctuary near the Bangladeshi Sundarban delta. The Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation is currently relying on untrained locals rather than paying professionals to clean up this devastating mess. This area is a vital habitat for both the Irrawaddy and Gangetic dolphins, as well as a number of other endangered species like the Bengal tiger and the Masked Finfoot bird. The locals have no experience in collecting spilled oil or keeping it from spreading, and have no protection against toxins while scooping up oil with fishing nets and other makeshift supplies.
The dolphins are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the oil. According to professor A.K.M. Wahiduzzaman from the Bangladesh National University, “The oil is accumulating precisely where the dolphins are accustomed to coming up for air. If they try coming up, they will automatically breathe in toxic air.” This habitat is critical to the dolphins’ continued survival, and must be cleaned up immediately in order to save their lives.
The mangrove trees, which are currently coated in oil, are central to the survival of the thousands of animals that call this area home. They also serve the crucial role of protecting soil from erosion. Without these trees, the wildlife and environmental integrity in this region are under great threat.
Demand that the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation hire experienced professionals to clean up their mess before the oil damages this precious area beyond repair.
Dear Mr. Eunusur Rahman,
The oil spill your corporation is responsible for in Sundarban is currently being cleaned up by untrained locals. Take responsibility for the clean up and pay to have professional teams take over the effort. The local people currently taking responsibility for the clean up do not have adequate training or equipment to execute this vital procedure. Their lives, as well as the lives of the animals who call this area home, are being endangered by the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation’s failure to take appropriate measures to address this serious issue.
Your corporation must take steps to protect your country’s ecosystems and protect the animals that call Sundarban home. The cleanup should not be left to local people, or international organizations. You must take action to address this situation before even more animals and habitats are affected.
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