Polluters Must Pay Up: Ramesh On Oil Spill

Polluters Must Pay Up: Ramesh On Oil Spill

August 15, 2010, (PTI): Taking a tough posture against the owners of the two cargo ships which had collided off the Mumbai coast resulting in oil slick, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said the law demands that the "polluter must pay up". "There is no conspiracy in it.


It is a freak accident. But we should see what the law says...the law says that the polluter must pay up," Ramesh said here after visiting the affected coast.


He said government is in the process of assessing the environmental losses due to the August 7 disaster.


"The Ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board are talking to law firms to file a case against these shipping companies," Ramesh said, adding the government is also planning to compensate the fishermen who lost their livelihood due to the mishap. Read the full report here.


Source: Hindustan Times, Mumbai.