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Oil spill from IOCL pipelines triggers water pollution in Paradip

Water bodies and creeks in the close vicinity of Odisha’s bustling industrial hub in Paradip Port Township have come under the adverse effect of man-made pollution following oil spills from Indian Oil’s underground pipelines.

The latest leakage reported today 18 April 2017 comes close on the heels of similar pipeline outflows in recent past, raising serious question on the safety and security mechanism put in place by the state-run oil company.

The State Pollution Control Board engineers have collected samples of contaminated water from water bodies and have sent it for laboratory test. The oil company has been served a notice and has been directed to furnish a compliance report to stop oil spill in future, SPCB regional officer Prasant Kumar Kar said.

Unless the IOC initiates measures to prevent leakage, penal action in accordance with pollution control act would be taken against the oil company, he said. 

“The pipelines were damaged by miscreants who were active members of oil theft racket active in Paradip. Police had swung into action to nab the culprits. The IOCL needs to invigorate its security setup and assist the police to avert recurrence of leakage”, said Paradip Additional Superintendent of Police, Gadadhar Pradhani.    

After police made spot-inquiry, it has been found that the miscreants cut the 8 MM thickness pipelines by drilling machines for pilfering the oil. Afterwards they attached their own pipe in the hole, the other end of which led to many barrels to load oils. They attached a valve to the mouth of the pipe so that it could work as a tap for extracting fuel at will, said police.

The officials of Indian Oil Corporation Limited are trying their best to repair the oil pipelines as soon as possible. Miscreants damaged the pipelines to pilfer oil. We have taken up the matter with the police. There has been recurrence of such incidents and it is causing precious loss of oil, said an official of IOCL.

The oil company has been directed to install optical fibre system of pipelines which are passing through the port township areas. Such system could easily detect leakage points”, said SPCB officials.  

Pipelines carrying petrol, diesel and kerosene were found to have cracked and ruptured at least on six occasions since past 18 months. Despite directions issued to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to stop recurrence of such incidents, pipeline leakage continues to occur. The oil leakage has been a constant source of water pollution in areas lying on the outskirts of Port Township.

Major length of oil pipelines are lying in close vicinity of agricultural land and water bodies where oil spills usually damage water, land and  crops. Toxic substances contained in oil tend to accumulate in plants and animals, which consequentially threaten the health of humans who consume the polluted plants.

Incidents of pipeline rupture are being reported at periodic intervals along the 11 Kilo Metre long underground pipelines which carry refined petroleum products from north oil jetty to oil terminal. Installation of these pipelines dates back to nearly three decades. These have turned old and have become prone to leakage. So these need to be replaced. We have directed the pipeline division officials of IOCL to install optical fibre pipelines for easy detection of leakage points so that contamination of water bodies due to oil spill could be curbed, said SPCB regional officer, Kar.

Though the pipelines have gone old, still it’s leak-proof. However local anti-social elements who are operating spurious oil racket are found to have ruptured intentionally with mala fide intention. The company has taken up the matter with local police. Though law-breakers have been arrested in the past, the acts of damage to the pipelines are still going on, said an official of IOCL’s pipeline division.


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