The Pollution Control Commission, Assam, on Monday withdrew the closure notice that ordered Oil India Limited (OIL) to “close” all production and drilling operations at all of the Baghjan deposit facilities in the Tinsukia district.
It was withdrawn under an affidavit submitted by Oil India Ltd with certain conditions.
“OIL must submit a detailed environmental management plan within 15 days from the date of issue of this letter for the environmental mitigation and extinction of fires at the Baghjan oil field and act accordingly “, did he declare.
“They must apply for consent to operate (CTO) under section 25 of the Water (Pollution Prevention and Control) Act 1974 and section 21 of the Water Act 1981 “air (pollution prevention and control) of 1981 for each drilling, production and other facilities as well as the environmental management plan and required documents within one month,” he added.
In addition, OIL will need to request authorization under the electronic waste management rules (2016) and take the necessary measures for the proper disposal of electronic waste.
The OIL had previously declared that it “intended to file a written request” before the Gauhati High Court challenging the PCBA order.
This happened a few days after OIL suffered a gas blowout at well number 5 in the Baghjan oil field, in the immediate vicinity of Dibru Saikhowa National Park and Maguri Motapung Beel, leaving natural gas and condensed oil gush out in the open, displacing thousands of families in addition to leaving an undesirable impact on the biodiversity of the region.
The well caught fire on June 9.
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