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2020 Assam Gas and Oil Leak

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The 2020 Assam Gas and Oil Leak, also referred as Tinsukia gas leak or Baghjan gas leak, is an petroleum gas and oil leak that happened in Oil India Limited's Baghjan Oilfield in Tinsukia district, Assam, India on 27 May 2020. It occurred due to failing pressure systems in the oil well. Thousands of people and several villages were evacuated.[1][2] There have been reported deaths of several aquatic animals in nearby region. As of 5 June 2020, the gas is still leaking uncontrollably.[3] A team of experts from a Singapore-based firm were called to inspect the situation.[2][4]

Fire[edit source | edit]

On 9 June 2020, the oil well caught fire. The fire quickly spread to a larger area and burned down nearby trees, crops and houses.[5] The fire also resulted in death of two employes.[6]

Evacuation[edit source | edit]

Thousands of people are being evacuated and National Disaster Response Force has been deployed in the area. Indian Air Force and Indian Army are also assisting.[7]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. GuwahatiMay 27, Hemanta Kumar Nath; May 27, 2020UPDATED:; Ist, 2020 18:28. "Massive blast at oil field in Assam's Tinsukia district". India Today. Retrieved 2020-06-08.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Assam gas leak: why it's tough to plug, and what threat it poses to the area". The Indian Express. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  3. Staff, Scroll. "Assam: Oil India says well still leaking gas 'uncontrollably', over a week after major blowout". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  4. Rao, Madhu (2020-06-06). "Singaporean experts to try check Assam oil well gas leak". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  5. Staff, Scroll. "Assam: Fire breaks out at Oil India's gas well in Tinsukia, days after major blow out". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  6. Jun 10, Prabin Kalita | TNN | Updated:; 2020; Ist, 13:44. "Assam Gas Leak: Two die in fire at gas well in Assam's Tinsukia | Guwahati News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-06-10.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. "Fire At Oil Well Leaking Gas For Days, Assam Wants Army, Air Force Help". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2020-06-10.

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