Environmental Expert Attacks Mauritius Government Over Wakashio Oil Spill

Oil polluting the foreshore of the public beach in Riviere des Creoles, Mauritius, on Aug. 8, 2020, after it leaked from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Sophie Seneque—AP

Sunil Dowarkasing, a former senior environmental adviser to the Mauritian govermnment has accused the country’s current administration of gross negligence in its handing of the MV Wakashio oil disaster.

Efforts were further increased on Monday to empty the stranded Japanese vessel of 2,500 tonnes of oil before it worsens the level of pollution already caused.

But Sunil Dowarkasing, a former Mauritian MP, is unimpressed:

“The government was acting on the advice of the company, on their experts etc, without taking the best interests of the people of Mauritius and the best interests of what should be done to protect our country, our lagoon, from the potential (spillage).

“It was a potential spillage at that time and this is gross negligence by the government.”

Pressure is continuing to mount on the government of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth to explain why it didn’t take immediate action to avert the environmental disaster. Read more…


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