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Most oil spill at Mubarak Village cleared in ‘clean-up’, says PMSA

KARACHI: Five days after oil spill was reported at scenic Mubarak Village coast, the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) says the most of the oil spill affecting the beach has been cleared in an ongoing operation being taken up by a number of stakeholders. “Seventy per cent of the affected area has been cleaned up in Mubarak village on the second consecutive day of operation which will continue tomorrow (Monday),” said a PMSA statement. release. It also stated that the PSMA also conducted an aerial surveillance on…

Marine life at risk after oil spill: WWF

KARACHI: Environmental agencies and government departments have all been galvanized into action after oil spill on the coastal belt, stretching from Mubarak Village to Manorah, has started affecting marine life. According to World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan), green turtles, crabs and several types of fish have been found dead on the shore in the last two days. A non-governmental organisation, WWF-Pakistan, which works for the protection of environment and marine life has expressed suspicion over the…

Ban imposed on Churna Island visits through tour operators

KARACHI/QUETTA: Following an oil spill at the Mubarak Village coastline, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Balochistan, has placed a ban on people visiting Churna Island, a popular scuba-diving spot for visitors, through tour operators. Churna Island falls under the remit of Lasbela district on the Balochistan-Sindh border. The ban was imposed under the Environment Act of 2012. According to a notification, the EPA barred tour operators from providing services to customers without obtaining NOC from the…

Ministry orders clean up of Mubarak village oil spill

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Maritime Affairs on Friday took notice of the news of an oil spill near Mubarak village, ARY News reported. According to statement, the ministry contacted all concerned including Navy, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and Ministry of Petroleum as two trails of "slight oil spillage" were observed close to the beach south east of Cape Monze light house. "The minor oil spill at Mubarak village beach area is being cleaned. An inquiry is being undertaken to ascertain the nature of the spill to…

What caused the oil spill at scenic Mubarak Village coastline?

KARACHI: An overnight oil spill at scenic coastal line of Mubarak Village, Karachi has left many flabbergasted as local authorities have begun probe into possible reasons of the slick. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) of Balochistan has also ordered Byco Petroleum to halt operations due to an oil spill on coastal area surrounding the popular local visitors spot, Charna Island. According to reports, the spill was first spotted and reported by local fisherman who works with local fishing communities at Abdul…

Kuwait says most of Gulf oil spill cleaned up

KUWAIT CITY: Emergency workers have managed to clean up "the major part" of an oil spill near the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi Al-Khafji oilfield in the Gulf, an official said on Sunday. "The major portion of the main oil spill has been removed," Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) spokesman Sheikh Talal al-Khaled Al-Sabah said in a statement. Teams were still working to clean other parts of the spill and coastal areas, he said. Emergency teams have been battling the large oil spill since it appeared off the emirate's…

Emergency teams battle oil spill in Arabian Gulf

KUWAIT: Emergency workers are battling to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in the Gulf, an official said Sunday. "Emergency oil teams are still struggling to put an oil spill near Kuwait's southern Ras Al-Zour area under control," said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation spokesman Talal al-Khaled in a statement carried by the official KUNA news agency. There were no official reports on the source or size of the spill in the waters off Kuwait's southern coast, near the joint Kuwaiti-Saudi offshore…