Baghjan Oil Leak
A severe blowout occurred in Baghjan Oilfield in Assam on 27 May 2020. The oilfield, owned by Oil India Limited (OIL), has been leaking a combination of oil and gas since then. After failing to control the leak, experts from Singapore have been called to aid. OIL has served a Show Cause Notice to M/s John Energy Pvt Ltd, to which it had outsourced the oil well works. John Energy’s activities were taking place when the blowout occurred.
People in the radius of 5km from the oilfield reported respiratory and skin problems since the blowout, due to which 2,500 people had to be evacuated.
As the oilfield is located near the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, several Gangetic dolphins and aquatic animals were found dead due to the pollution created. Moreover, the government recently permitted OIL to dig and operate at 7 places inside the national park. Both the steps have drawn disapproval from environmental activists.
Birds are dead, chickens are dead, fish are dead. There has been loss of livestock. Condensate can be found at my eco camp which is 5.5 km away from the site. We don’t see any action on the ground.Niranta Gohain, Environment Activist
Recent Industrial Mishaps – Timeline
Several industrial accidents have occurred in recent times mainly owing to the negligence of safety protocols.
- 1 Nov 2017: NTPC power plant explosion, Unchahahr, UP
- 19 Feb 2020: Explosion in firecracker factory, Sivakasi
- 7 May 2020: Styrene gas leak in LG Polymers, Vizag
- 7 May 2020: Gas leak in Shakti paper mill in Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh
- 7 May 2020: Neyveli Lignite Corporation boiler blast, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu
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