Oil India Ltd (OIL) struggles to control a massive eruption or blowout from one of its producing wells in Baghjan oilfield in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district.
The leak has contaminated water bodies that flow into the Maguri Motapung Beel, a large wetland, and the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park (DSNP) — both of which lie in the immediate vicinity, forest officials said.
The oil spilling that began on Wednesday due to the blast at the Baghjan production well under Baghjan Oil field of Oil India Limited in Tinsukia, has adversely affected the aquatic life of the river Dibru.
The locals on Friday recovered the floating carcass of a dolphin, which prompted to the devastating effect of the oil sprinkle has had on the river.
“The post mortem of the dolphin was done yesterday. The sample has been sent for forensic examination to assess the cause of death,”
the ecological threat that Oil India Limited’s (OIL) bid to drill for hydrocarbons in a national park in Assam posed, many called out the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) for permitting “oil drilling at a distance as close as 500 meters.” Ahead of and even on World Environment Day, many staged outrage on various social media platforms.
What is the cause of this damage?
Someone shared a picture of the carcass and wrote on Facebook, “If the Kerala Elephant incident bothers you, this should get you furious because the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is directly responsible for the murder of endangered species in Dibru Saikhowa, Assam. You aren’t supposed to drill upto 10 kms near a National Park, Biosphere reserve or Wildlife sanctuary. These corrupt villains permitted oil drilling at a distance as close as 500 meters. As a result of the their activities, an oil blowout occurred which has lasted over 7 days, caused a thick oil spill and killed several exotic species, fish and displaced over 1600 people. Happy Environment Day. Once again, The Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in India must answer for this. Care to share? THIS DESERVES ATTENTION.”
The wetland, that is fed by the Dibru and Lohit rivers, is classified as an important bird and biodiversity area. “This sort of a leak would definitely impact the ecosystem of the region,”
A senior forest official speaking on condition of anonymity described it as a serious accident. “It could be catastrophic for the ecosystem,” the official said. “Poachers manage to kill one or two animals at a time. This could lead to many more deaths if not checked in time,”