OIL can’t disown responsibility for Baghjan gas well blowout: NGT
OIL can’t disown responsibility for Baghjan gas well blowout: NGT

The National Green Tribuna constituted a fresh six-member committee to fix responsibility for the failures of the concerned individuals in the incident that killed two people last year.  the National Green Tribunal now said that India Ltd (OIL) cannot disown its responsibility for the fire incident in Assam’s Baghjan oil well by shifting the blame on the contractor.

While hearing a plea filed by activist Bonani Kakkar and others alleging the failure of the authorities in preventing the blowout of the Baghjan oil well, NGT constituted a  committee to fix responsibility.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said it “prima facie” agrees that there was the failure of the OIL in taking safety precautions and there is a need for ensuring that such incidents do not recur. The bench said, “We direct this aspect to be gone into by a six-member committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in consultation with the DG Hydrocarbon and DG Mines Safety, DG Oil Industry Safety and PESO (Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization), Chief Controller of Explosives, New Delhi within three months."

On June 2020, Well number 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district, had been spewing gas uncontrollably and it caught fire, killing two of OIL”s firefighters at the site. 

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