GUWAHATI, June 9 - Expressing concern at the massive fire resulting from leakage of gas in the Baghjan oilfield in Tinsukia, NGO Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) today said it was unfortunate that the leakage could not be plugged on time leading to such a massive fire that has caused panic in the area.
The Baghjan incident which has affected the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and surrounding areas, should have been averted on time as the oilwell has been spewing gas since May 27. It is very sad to note that being one of the oldest companies in the field, a PSU major like Oil India Limited was unable to plug the leakage, the organisation said.
�Already 630-odd families have left their villages. Besides environmental damage, the gas coming out from the well has destroyed their cultivation, trees, poultry, cattle, etc. Even the waterbody around the park has been affected. The small tea growers around that area have also been affected badly, the NGO said advocating a thorough analysis of the damage caused due to the incident to ascertain suitable compensation to the affected.