Aerial view of the Baghjan oil well field which caught fire on June 9 | Photo Courtesy: Sachin Bharali

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met senior scientists from IIT-Guwahati and CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology on June 15 and requested them to study on the reported tremors at Baghjan area in Tinsukia district following the blowout of a condensate gas well.

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Sonowal on his visit to Baghjan area along with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on June 14 had announced that a scientific study would be conducted to unearth the reasons leading to repeated tremors around the fire blowout areas.

The CM, while meeting the scientists of CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, drew their attention to the state government’s importance to maintain sanctity and balance of environment and requested them to conduct the study into reported tremors in the area and submit report, for the government to take appropriate and time-bound steps.

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati will also provide its expert guidance into the study and Oil India Limited (OIL) would provide all inputs relevant to conduct the study.

An expert The News Mill spoke to said that the seismic waves take place due to the pressure exerted by the gas and its exploration underneath and sound waves of the fire which travels in the air in low frequencies. He also said that it will continue till the fire is doused.

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