Oil India Ltd has objected earlier than the National Green Tribunal to a preliminary report filed by a committee of specialists on the hearth incident in Assam’s Baghjan oil effectively saying it’s primarily based on desk analysis and overview of secondary information.
The observations and findings of the Committee are primarily based on unverifiable information, with respect, will not be considered for passing any order, the state-owned agency informed 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 stated.
The Committee of Experts has not made a site-visit until the submitting of the Preliminary Report, it stated.
“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 stated.
The NGT on June 24 had constituted a committee headed by former excessive court docket choose 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 essential 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 stated in its report.
Oil India stated that the committee has closely relied upon statements of an environmentalist which aren’t primarily based on any credible evidences.
It stated 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 stated the analytical information, primarily based on which WWI has ready its report and arrived at its findings, had been taken put up blow out incident on May 27.
“WWI has arrived to the conclusion that there is high concentration of various elements in the water and soil. WWI has arrived to the conclusion that such concentration of elements is on account of release of natural gas and condensate in the atmosphere after the blow out.
“However, no comparative information of the realm is out there to reach into such conclusion,” it stated.
Well quantity 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district, had been spewing fuel uncontrollably and it caught fireplace on June 9, killing two of OIL’s fireplace fighters on the web site.
The committee additionally includes Member Secretary of Central Pollution Control Board; senior professional 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 effectively.
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