Loss of Rs 25,000 crore due to gas leak in Assam’s Baghjan: Report

Guwahati, Jun 9 (PTI) A gas leak from Oil India Limited’s oil well at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district last year caused a loss of about Rs 25,000 crore and destroyed 55 per cent of the biodiversity of the region.

This information came to light on Wednesday in the investigation report prepared by a senior forest officer. The report ‘Ecology and Economy: Lessons learned from Baghjan blow out’ prepared by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden MK Yadav states that 25,825 animals of 41 ‘genera’ (animal groups) were killed in this accident.

Apart from this, 91 animals listed in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, including one ‘Gangetic Dolphin’ and two Hoolock Gibbon (a species of apes) died. According to the report, on the assessment of the damage caused in the accident, it comes to Rs 25,050.61 crore, which can be detected in the coming 10 years.

In May last year, gas leaked from well number five in Baghjan here and it exploded on June 9. It was finally successful to close the well on 15 November. Three people lost their lives in this incident.

According to the report, an area of ​​13.85 sq km was covered by oil spill out of which 7.97 sq km area was almost completely burnt and 1.02 sq km area was partially affected. Tridip Hazarika of Oil India Limited told PTI that the company is studying the report and will respond after that.

In June last year, former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had entrusted Yadav with the task of preparing a report on the impact of the accident.

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