On Tuesday afternoon, Oil India Limited’s (OIL) gas well blew out in Assam’s Tinsukia district. The consequent fire will take around four weeks to be completely restored, as reported by OIL authorities.
On Tuesday, OIL authorities reported that the well caught fire while clearing procedures were being undertaken at the site. However, considering the severity of the incident, the OIL put out a statement: “No casualty has been reported. Fire tenders are at the site controlling the spread of fire… there’re violent protests around the well site.”
Furthermore, the statement said, “The situation demands the arrangement of large quantities of water, installation of high discharge pumps, and removal of debris. All the operations as per the Acute Launch Emergency Reliability Tip (ALERT) will take about four weeks.”
Impact on biodiversity
Locals in the area are worried about the biodiversity as there might be a considerable loss of it, due to the accident. This is considered to be a consequence of oil spilling into several important parts of the surrounding landscape.
Hindustan Times reports Rofikul Islam, a naturalist, who visits the place regularly. Rofikul said to Hindustan Times, “We’ve seen dead birds on Wednesday morning. A flying squirrel was also found dead. On Tuesday, a Great Pied Hornbill was rescued from the blowout site. The impact on wildlife could be massive.”
What is to be expected?
We can be rest assured that the authorities are tirelessly working to bring the situation under control and we can also expect the four week time being approximate. If things are worked out seamlessly, that four-week mark could be lessened too.