Save Ratnagiri from a toxic future, Stop the refinery from being built!

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The Ratnagiri Oil Refinery Project   

Saudi Aramco, along with another strategic foreign partner, will hold 50% in Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL) and the Indian companies the rest. The refinery will process 1.2 million barrels of crude per day, or 60 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), as much as the two refineries at Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar complex, the largest in the world. The Ratnagiri project will also have a capacity to produce 18 mtpa of petrochemicals products.

The West coast of India accounts for nearly 49% of the country's refineries and the south western part of the country where this project is proposed (The 16* coastal villages of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg) is reasonably rich in flora and fauna, both terristral (land based) and aquatic 

The project would span over 15,000 acres of the 16* villages which are very close to the coast whose construction would involve the certain death of nearly 12.3 lakh trees.

 

The effects of oil refineries on the ecology and on its surroundings 

Waste waters released by crude oil-processing and petrochemical industries are
characterized by the presence of large quantities of crude oil products, polycyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, metal derivatives, surface-active substances, sulfides, naphthylenic acids and other chemicals. Due to the ineffectiveness of purification systems, wastewaters may become seriously dangerous, leading to the accumulation of toxic products in the receiving water bodies with potentially serious consequences on the ecosystem. Various studies have shown positive correlation between pollution from refinery effluents and the health of aquatic organisms. Previous observations suggested a correlation between contamination of water and sediments with aromatic hydrocarbons from refinery effluents, and compromised fish health.

The cause of this petition

We would be glad if the government could take note of the nasty effects that such projects have on the environment and make swift turns to more renewable alternatives to keep up with the dynamics of the world, and in the worst case of incompetence caused by negligence in solving the most fundamental societal issues, build them away from ecologically pristine and relatively stable places to places where they won't damage, uproot and obliterate the lives of human beings just like they won't do the same to mute animals who cannot protest and respond.

Conclusion

We do not want or need progress at the cost of sacrificing our health and well being along with the utter destruction of the only thing that we can give our future generations which is a healthy environment to grow in. 

"We are nothing but temporary visitors on this planet and it is our cardinal duty to pass it down to the next generation better than the way we found it"

Nothing can be more depressing than to realize the fact that that's exactly the opposite of what we are doing.

As I write this, almost 26,000 species of flora and fauna are on the verge of extinction, hanging by a thin thread of hope which we call "sustainable development." The pain of fathoming the fact that our government and our people are bordering in between the lines of apathy and ignorance towards wildlife and forest conservation by pledging to mercilessly mow down lakhs of trees, hacking hectares of forests that took generations to grow and by robbing people, just as robbing the wild life off of their right to life in a healthy environment in the name of progress and propaganda gems is far beyond inexplicable.

 

WE DO NOT WANT THE WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST REFINERY IN RATNAGIRI IN A TIME WHEN THE ECONOMIC TREND IS POINTING TOWARDS A GEOMETRIC GROWTH IN THE ADOPTION OF RENEWABLES

Links to the researches pertaining to the detrimental effects of oil refineries on the ecosystem



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