The Baghjan Oil Well, which has been pumping uncontrolled gas for the last two weeks in the Tinsukia district of Assam got converted into massive flames on Tuesday. The fire in Oil India Limited’s well is so severe that it can be seen from a distance of more than 30 kilometers, with dense black smoke rising a few meters high, threatening the local biodiversity of the area. Efforts are on to extinguish the flames, during which a firefighter of the State Woned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) received minor injuries. Meanwhile, Oil India said, it could take up to four weeks to fix all the things.
The video of Assam’s Oil India Ltd gas flames in Baghdad in Tinsukia district was shared on Twitter by ANI,
According to eyewitnesses, a large explosion occurred in the area next to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and soon black smoke covered the area with its fumes. People started doing protests in the area as soon as the fire erupted, threatening the lives and livelihoods of people who had suffered the effects of the explosion in the last two weeks amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Following the gas flow, thousands of people were displaced from the area and provided shelter in various camps, where adherence to coronavirus guidelines, such as maintaining social distance, remains difficult.
In a statement, Oil India, in view of the protests from people around the site, asked the general secretary and the Tinsukia district administration to maintain law and order so that experts can enter the site and start a well-controlled operation to control the situation.
Oil India and ONGC employees are being relocated from surrounding areas and once the situation returns to normal, Singapore-based company Alert Disaster Control and experts from state-owned companies will relocate to the site.
The statement said that three experts from the Singapore company, who have started working on the site to stop the gas leak on Monday, are confident that the situation can be controlled very soon. To control the situation, authorities require a large amount of water, installation of high-flow pumps, and debris removal.
According to the Alert Disaster Control Team, all operations will take about four weeks and efforts will be made to reduce this deadline as much as possible.