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Nagapattinam oil spill : Fishermen temporarily call off strike, resume fishing

Fishermen of Nagapattinam have temporarily called off the protests after a tripartite meeting between the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL) ,district administration and fishermen.

Chennai, Mar 7 (BPNS)

Fishermen of Nagapattinam have temporarily called off the protests after a tripartite meeting between the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL) ,district administration and fishermen. This was following the Nagapattinam district collector assuring the fishermen that their major demand of the total removal of CPCL pipe lines would be met.

The district collector, according to fishermen representatives that oil would not be pumped from ONGC wells through the CPCL pipelines.

The fishermen of Pattinamcherry, Keechankuppam, Akkaraipettai, Ariyanatutheru and Kallar held a meeting and passed a resolution Tuesday to call off the protest temporarily.

The district collector also said that the district administration would hold a meeting with CPCL officials on March 16th to decide on when the CPCL would remove the pipelines.

It may be noted that an oil spill was detected from the CPCL pipeline that used to carry from the Naraimanam oil wells of the ONGC to the CPCL’s defunct oil refinery at Nagapattinam.

Experts have predicted that the oil will be settled only after a period of two months and that the oil spill will endanger fish life.

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