Compensation for gas field fire demanded
From The Daily Star, Bangladesh
January 28, 2005
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Leaders of the Student-Youth Movement to Resist Plundering of Oil-Gas yesterday demanded compensation for the damage caused by Tengratila gas field fire and Magurchhara gas explosion.
They also called for cancellation of all unequal agreements with the multinational companies. At a press meet in the city, the leaders criticised the government for not promoting the national interest and demanded resignation of the state minister for energy and mineral resources.
Kamrul Alam Sabuj, coordinator of the Movement, read out a written statement and placed a seven-point demand. Speaking at the programme, economist Dr Anu Muhammad said the government should not allow those oil and gas companies that do not have the capacity to extinguish fire.
Criticising the unequal agreements, he said, "We have to buy our gas from the multinational companies at a six-fold higher price because of such agreements."
Economist MM Akash said Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) seems more efficient than multinational companies as no accident took place during explorations by it. Secretary General of Bangladesh Economic Association Dr Abul Barakat and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Shirin Akhter also spoke.
Leaders of All Arakan Student and Youth Congress, an alliance against plundering of natural resources of Myanmar, also attended the press meet.
They protested the ongoing discussion in Yangon among the energy ministers of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar on gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh territory.