Crude oil flows into paddy field as ONGC pipe develops leak
On Wednesday, crude oil leakage appeared on the surface of the land parcel. The aggrieved farmer, who had lost his 30-day paddy crop, said that the oil spill has damaged the crop raised on one acre
Tiruvarur: Oil spill from an underground pipeline of ONGC carrying natural gas damaged a fertile land where a farmer raised samba paddy in Tiruvarur district on Wednesday. A team of officials inspected the field and attended the damage to plug the leakage.
According to sources, the spillage was reported on a land parcel owned by Dhanasekaran, 60, a farmer of Erukattur village in Tiruvarur who had cultivated samba paddy on an acre. ONGC had laid down pipelines underneath the field for transporting crude oil extracted from ONGC’s oil wells in various places in Tiruvarur district. The crude oil is being collected and processed at Narimanam near Karaikal.
On Wednesday, crude oil leakage appeared on the surface of the land parcel. The aggrieved farmer, who had lost his 30-day paddy crop, said that the oil spill has damaged the crop raised on one acre.
“Without removing the soil from the surface, I cannot carry out cultivation in my land,” he said.
The ONGC Cauvery asset officials were subsequently alerted and a team of officials rushed to the spot and inspected the field and immediately plugged the leakage. Koothanallur tahsildar Mahesh visited the spot. A similar leakage on the same field destroyed crops cultivated on 5 acres in 2018, Dhanasekaran said.
“Oil spillage was huge last time, which turned the entire soil infertile. Based on my appeal, ONGC offered Rs 75,000. However, I had to spend more money to replace the entire soil from the surface. So, the corporation should provide appropriate compensation,” he said.