The 2014 Sundarbans Oil Spill in Bangladesh You Never Heard Of

The 2014 Sundarbans Oil Spill in Bangladesh You Never Heard Of

The 2014 Sundarbans Oil Spill in Bangladesh

The Sundarbans oil spill occurred on December 9, 2014 on the Shela River in Sundarbans, Bangladesh which is a UNESCO World Heritage site (think Great Barrier Reef). The spill occurred when an oil-tanker carrying 92,000 gallons of furnace oil somehow collided with a cargo vessel and sank in the river. By December 20, the oil had spread over to at least a 140 square mile area conservatively. The oil spread to a second river and a network of canals in Sundarbans, which blackened the shoreline. The Sundarbans oil spill occurred at a protected mangrove area and threatens trees, plankton, and vast populations of small fish, dolphins, birds, crustaceans and various amphibians.

When is enough, enough for God’s sake. If we took care of a child the same way we take care of the planet and it’s inhabitants we would all be in jail. The current state of affairs with big oil is horrific and this madness needs to stop. As I reported on the recent Santa Barbara Oil Spill and Russian Oil Spill, it seems like big oil doesn’t give two craps about the environment or peoples health. They have a army of corporate lawyers and controllers and just figure oil spills are just part of the cost of doing business with no regard for future generations and the environmental toll.




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As reported by activist Wasfia Nazreen on


The following is a report on the recent oil spill in the Sundarbans region by Bangladeshi activist & mountaineer Wasfia Nazreen. Raised in Khulna a stone’s throw from the affected area, she has witnessed industrialization affect her homeland in unforeseeable ways. She is the founder of Bangladesh on Seven Summits and is National Geographic’s 2014/15 Adventurer of the Year. 

On December 9th, our country was hit with one of the worst environmental disasters to date. The Southern Star-7, belonging to MS Harun & Company, carrying 357,000 liters of furnace oil, was hit by another cargo vessel and sank in the Shela River of Sundarbans.

It is home to the single largest chunk of mangrove forest in the world, an already fragile ecosystem. Meaning “beautiful forest” in my native language, Bengali, the southern Sundarbans is home to three wildlife sanctuaries declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1997.


Sundarbans has from time unknown worked as a natural protective barrier for Bangladesh against increasingly frequent storm surges, as a sediment trap in the ever-changing Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta, and as a breeding ground for fish and crustaceans supporting the food security of the densely populated country. Amongst the many rare, endangered and threatened plant and animal species that she boasts, she is home to one of the last viable populations of Bengal tigers.

The oil spill occurred in one of the three wildlife sanctuaries declared in 2012 for the protection of the endangered Irrawaddy and Ganges River dolphins, and spread across an 80 kilometer stretch of the Sundarbans mangrove waterways. At least 20 canals connected with the Shela River as well as sections of the Passur River, a major river between the Eastern and Western parts of the Sundarbans, are also affected.



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