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CLOU concern over oil spill in Changpang
Published on 15 Jan. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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Changpang Land Owners’ Union (CLOU) has expressed concern over the oil spillage at Changpang oil field which has been continuing unabated for almost 17 years.
In this regard, CLOU president, M. Yanathung Ngullie and vice president, Mhao Odyuo has questioned the cabinet sub-committee on oil as to why it was not allowing the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGCL) to clean up the oil mess even though the company was willing to take up the work. The Union said that the state government and ONGCL fixed January 11 and 12 for a joint inspection of the oil sites for carrying out assessment on how to tackle the issue.
However, CLOU said that the convenor of the cabinet sub-committee cancelled the proposed joint inspection saying that cleaning up the oil spillage involved huge expenditure and therefore only the company getting the license for oil extraction would be allowed to clean up the oil mess.
In this regard, the land owners asked as to who would be responsible if catastrophic incidents take place. It said finalizing modalities was not the end of the process for resumption of oil activities but the beginning of the process. “Should the oil spillage be allowed to continue that long?” the land owners questioned.
Further, the Union asked why the government directed the ONGCL to address the issue but the same was not communicated to the cabinet cub-committee on oil.
Reiterating that ‘correcting the past mistakes done’ should precede resumption of oil activities at Changpang, the oil land owners said that the oil spillage issue should be addressed at any cost without further delay.

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