Assam govt orders probe into Baghjan gas leak and fire

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Written by Tora Agarwala , Abhishek Saha | Guwahati | Published: June 12, 2020 12:56:47 am

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Two days after an Oil India Ltd (OIL) well in Assam’s Tinsukia district caught fire following a blowout, the state government Thursday ordered a high-level probe into the ecological disaster.

The fire at Baghjan 5 well—close to the ecologically-sensitive Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri-Motapung wetland—occurred 14 days after natural gas started leaking from the well. It has led to the death of two firemen and displaced thousands.

The extent of the damage — both to humans and the environment—is being assessed.

A statement on Thursday from OIL said: “Extent of the fire has been contained to the well.” It also said “no flash fire is reported from the nearby areas”.

A statement from Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s office said the CM has ordered a probe into the blowout and subsequent fire. He has sought a report within 15 days.

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, too, ordered a three-member committee to probe the incident.

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