Guwahati: The Pollution Control Board (PCBA) on Monday lifted its closure notice served to the Oil India Limited.
The PCBA in its withdrawal letter addressed to the Resident Chief Executive, Oil India Limited, Duliajan said, “The closure notice served to M/s Oil India Limited is withdrawn in pursuance of the affidavit submitted by the Oil India limited.”
The PCBA served a closure notice on June 19 directing OIL to close down all the production as well as drilling operations of all installations of Baghjan Oilfield forthwith. Following the notice, the OIL authority too on Sunday announced that it was intending to file a Writ Petition before Gauhati High Court to challenge the notice though it urged the PCBA on Monday to withdraw the ‘closure notice’ on mutual understanding.
The notice, however, was withdrawn under certain conditions. The PCBA said, “The M/s Oil India limited shall have to submit a detailed time bound environmental management plan within 15 days from the date of issue of this letter for environmental mitigation and extinguishing of fire at the Baghjan oil field and act accordingly.”
Other conditions were, the Oil has to apply for consent to operate (CTO) under section 25 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and section 21 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 separately for each and every drilling, production and other installations along with environmental management plan and requisite documents with one month.
The PCBA also asked the Oil authority to submit all the hazardous waste generated, disposed and treatment facilities as per the Hazardous and Other Waste (Management and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2016.
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