The National committee to protect oil gas called half-day hartal on Sunday, July 03, 2011. They called today’s hartal to protest Government’s deal with USA oil-gas company ConocoPhillips. Bloggers and online community joined with oil gas protection committee, and they are working together. Bloggers are well organized and active on street to protect gas exportation.
On June 16, 2011 Bangladesh Government has signed a deal with ConocoPhillips of US to explore for gas in two blocks in Bay of Bengal. Many say it is against our national interest. Our reserved gas is limited but 80% of gas found would be exported, or we have to buy in multiple increased price.
The National Committee to protect oil, gas, and port is trying to force Government canceling the agreement with ConocoPhillips by this hartal.
Bloggers against gas agreement with ConocoPhillips (Saturday, July 02, 2011 at Shahbag):