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Oil exploration sub-panel to table the report soon
Published on 21 Jan. 2011 12:44 AM IST
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The petroleum & natural gas exploration in Nagaland sub-committee, constituted October 12, 2009 to examine the whole issue on exploration of mining of petroleum and natural gas in Nagaland, would soon be tabling its recommendations.
APC & cabinet sub-committee on exploration & mining of petroleum & natural gas member secretary H.K.Khulu, in a statement published in official bulletin, said the recommendations includes the modalities for extraction of petroleum and gas.
On January 8, the cabinet sub-committee visited Changpang, Wokha district last for a first hand assessment of the ground reality particularly the oil spillage.
According to sub-panel member secretary the state department of geology & mining had invited ONGC for a joint verification of the oil spillage in Changpang without consulting the committee.
“The Changpang land owners union also appears to have been in touch with the ONGC on its own, thus, once again there is a likelihood of matters getting complicated,” said Kulu.
He said this cannot be allowed to happen if “we are to actually develop our state and the economy of the people.”
During January 8 meeting with land owners from Changpand, Tssori, Lotha lower range public organization, the students’ union and the leaders and public of the area, it was also spelt out by all representatives that oil production should be resumed at the earliest as 17 precious years have elapsed since it was stopped and the people have been suffering untold hardships economically, he said.
In the meeting it was also pointed out that oil spillage, which was extremely hazardous for the environment, should be addressed at the earliest, Kulu said.
To which, the cabinet sub-committee convenor clearly pointed out that oil spillage issue would be addressed by the State government and that it would be placed before the Cabinet at the earliest.
It was also clearly pointed out the modalities are being worked and the rights of the land owners and the welfare of the people and the State would be given paramount importance.
Meanwhile, the cabinet sub-committee has requested the land owners/public leaders and the department of geology & mining not to intercept any proceedings of the sub-committee on the matter till modalities worked out and submitted by the state government.
The oil exploration activities started in 1960s and actual exploration began in 1971 by ONGC. License was granted under Central Act of 1948 & 1957.
Due to various factors there was complete stoppage of all activities by 1994.
However, in the year 2001, PEL was issued to ONGC after floating global tender without the consent or MoU with the land owners by union ministry of petroleum and seismic survey was commenced in most part of delineated seven oil blocks in Nagaland. This was put to a stop by the State government on 13th January 2009.

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