Steps to pay compensation to people affected by the overflow of furnace oil at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery – Minister Udaya Gammanpila

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Udaya Gammanpila stated today (08) that steps are being taken to pay compensation to the people affected by the blast furnace oil spill at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.

He said so during the Cabinet media briefing held today (08) at the Department of Government Information.

The minister said that the area where the Sapugaskanda oil refinery was located had been flooded because the blast furnace oil separator tanks of the Sapugaskanda oil refinery overflowed with water.

This plant has been a groundwater treatment plant since the 1960s. He added that he had appointed two committees as energy ministers to investigate this particular incident and to monitor the real reason for this incident, whether it was due to negligence on the part of officials and what steps should be taken to prevent it do not repeat such incidents.

Accordingly, the damage caused by this incident will be calculated and action will be taken to compensate those affected, and the committee, led by Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Senior Manager YBM Priyankara, will begin its work and the committee has been instructed to submit the appropriate committee reports within a fortnight, said the Minister.

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