Gas flow from OIL well on, more people evacuated in Assam

PSU major Oil India on Wednesday said gas is uncontrollably flowing even after seven days of a well blowout at Baghjan in Tinsukia district and it has spread to a larger area, forcing the company and authorities to evacuate more people to camps. The opposition Congress urged the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to announce an interim financial relief to protect the environment and address the livelihood issues of the local population.

A joint secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas visited the site and held discussions with various stakeholders, while two experts from a Singapore-based company are likely to reach on Thursday.

Oil India Ltd (OIL) said the well is “flowing gas uncontrollably” and pumping of water to the well through the casing valve is in progress to minimise chances of catching fire.

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