Even as Union petroleum minister Pradhan reiterated that the people responsible for the Assam gas leak would be punished, ‘no matter how powerful they are’, he added that adequate compensation will be given to those affected by the tragedy.
The announcement was made when Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited Baghjan in Tinsukia district on Sunday. Nineteen days ago, a blowout had been reported at the Baghjan 5 well owned by Oil India Ltd (OIL) in the district.
The well, situated at an aerial distance of 900 meters from the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, caught fire on the fourteenth day. Two firefighters died in the inferno.