The oil in the tanker that has sunk off the coast of Panadura has started to leak on to the ocean surface.
The centre for disaster management stated that the oil spill is currently drifting from Panadura towards Negambo.
However the environmental ministry stated that as the ocean currents are moving towards the North and North West the oil slick has not moved towards the coast.
A spokesperson of the ministry stated that if there is a change in the direction of the current the oil slick could move towards the coast very rapidly.
Environmentalists allege that ocean life could be affected by the oil.
Environmentalist Ravindra Kariyawasam expressed his views in the following manner.
Speaking to our news team Minister of Environment Anura Priyadharshan Yapa stated that steps have been taken to deal with the oil slick if it reaches the coast.