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Assam Well Fire: Oil India Objects To Experts’ Report In Green Tribunal

Committee has not made a site-visit until the submitting of the Preliminary Report, the PSU mentioned

New Delhi:

Oil India Ltd has objected earlier than the National Green Tribunal to a preliminary report filed by a committee of consultants on the fireplace incident in Assam’s Baghjan oil properly saying it’s based mostly on desk analysis and assessment of secondary information.

The observations and findings of the Committee are based mostly on unverifiable information, with respect, might not be considered for passing any order, the state-owned agency instructed the NGT.

“The said Committee’s Report is primarily based on information provided by various organisations, local people and published reports and not based on own scientific or laboratory data. Such unverified data, with respect, should not form the basis of any conclusion on the environmental impact in the area,” the PSU mentioned.

The Committee of Experts has not made a site-visit until the submitting of the Preliminary Report, it mentioned.

“It is stated and submitted that the observations and findings of the Committee of Experts are based on Desk Research and review of secondary data made available through Reports and documents received from various stakeholders,” Oil India mentioned.

The NGT on June 24 had constituted a committee headed by former excessive courtroom decide B P Katakey to look into the matter and submit a report.

The committee had reported main lapses together with lack of planning, execution and supervision of important operations.

The committee in its preliminary report opined that the blowout and subsequent explosion “has led to extensive damage to both the publicly-owned resources”, together with the Maguri-Motapung wetland and Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.

“There was a clear mismatch between planning and its execution at site and deviations from the standard operating procedure. There were serious deficiencies, of proper levels of supervision of critical operation at the well site, both from the contractor as well as from OIL,” the committee mentioned in its report.

Oil India mentioned that the committee has closely relied upon statements of an environmentalist which aren’t based mostly on any credible evidences.

It mentioned the committee has additionally relied upon extensively on the Report of Wildlife Institute of India (WWI) to reach at its observations and findings.

The PSU mentioned the analytical information, based mostly on which WWI has ready its report and arrived at its findings, have been taken submit blow out incident on May 27.

“WWI has arrived to the conclusion that there’s excessive focus of assorted components within the water and soil. WWI has arrived to the conclusion that such focus of components is on account of launch of pure gasoline and condensate within the environment after the blow out.

“However, no comparative information of the realm is on the market to reach into such conclusion,” it mentioned.

Well quantity 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district, had been spewing gasoline uncontrollably and it caught hearth on June 9, killing two of OIL’s hearth fighters on the web site.

The committee additionally contains Member Secretary of Central Pollution Control Board; senior skilled from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; Sarbeswar Kalita of Guwahati University; former forest Biodiversity Board member Abhay Kumar Johari; Ajit Hazarika and ex-chairman Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited.

The order got here on a plea filed by activist Bonani Kakkar and others alleging failure of the authorities in stopping the blowout of Baghjan oil properly.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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