The Oil India Ltd (OIL) has faced huge loss due to protests which have brought the operations of the company at several drilling locations to a total halt in upper Assam’s Tinsukia and Dibrugarh district.
Officials said the OIL has lost production of over 7,627 MT of crude oil from 33 wells and around 10 MMSCMD of natural gas from five gas wells due to blockades by protesters in two the districts.
The locals, who were affected by the massive fire at Baghjan gas well, that irrupted few days after a blowout at the well, are blocking roads and obstructed oil and gas production for the past many days to demand compensation.
The affected people have held OIL responsible for the incident.
The senior official said that as experts from the USA and Canada associated with Singapore-based M/S ALERT, firefighters, NDRF and engineers intensified efforts to douse the fire.
The OIL has so far provided Rs 30,000 to each of the affected families.
Locals said the fire had left a trail of devastation in the adjoining areas, including a famous Maguri Motapung beel.
Farms with standing crops as well as ponds and wetlands in the adjoining villages were also affected.