A gas leak accident has happened at Baghjan well in Assam after a blowout and subsequent explosion has led to extensive damage to both the publicly-owned resources–—the Maguri-Motapung wetland and Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
The Baghjan well is a gas-producing well in Tinsukia district, and is at an aerial distance of 900metres from the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.It has been drilled by Oil India Limited (OIL) since 2006.
Gas Leak: The gas started to ooze out of the well during the maintenance. The gas well was under maintenance and it was temporarily shut. The Blowout Preventer (BOP) was also removed.
Reasons: The incident could have occurred due to various factors such as lack of attention, poor workmanship, bad maintenance and outdated practices.
The gas leak and blowout caused deaths of Gangetic dolphins, including many riverine species and a variety of fish. Fish species have also declined in wetland and river tributaries, where dissolved oxygen level has fallen due to the oil spill.
The birds have flown away due to the oil spill and intense noise from the blowout.
The Gas particle have set on leaves of nearby vegetation like–—Tea gardens,bamboo banana trees, betel nut trees and others.
The highest concentration of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a toxic compound, in fish samples was observed from MaguriMotapung wetland.
The impact is significant and will have long-term effects, as many of these pollutants will leach into the ground and contaminate groundwater.
The burnt-out area is mapped as 65-70 hectares, which include crop fields, grasslands, and swamps.
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