Sunday, November 4, 2012

CAPpings - India - Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu - Oil spill on agricultural fields leaves farmers on edge - Ruptures from the old pipeline at intermittent points have been a recurrent feature causing anxiety to the farmers

Agriculture fields in Adiakkamangalam, Keezhvelur (Nagapattinam District, Tamilnadu) are awash with oil that has leaked from the now decommissioned crude oil pipeline of the ONGC-Cauvery Asset. Paddy crop in varying stages of growth stand wilted under the thick slick of crude oil. Ruptures from the old pipeline at intermittent points have been a recurrent feature causing anxiety to the farmers. Corrosion, one of the major causes for oil pipeline leakage, is often overlooked by the oil companies.


Leak from crude oil trunk line of ONGC-Cauvery Asset
At Adiakkamangalam in Keezhvelur, bronzed paddy fields, with burnt grass blades glistening against the scorching sun, catch the eye. Paddy crop in varying stages of growth stand wilted under the thick slick of crude oil.

These fields are awash with oil that has leaked from the now decommissioned crude oil pipeline of the ONGC-Cauvery Asset. Running through vast landscapes of paddy fields, the decade-old pipeline leaked oil that seeped into the dry surface only to resurface as slick following the recent rain.

The crude oil trunk line AKM Narimanam (Adiakkamangalam) was in use till recently. Now, a new line has been commissioned. Ruptures from the old pipeline at intermittent points have been a recurrent feature causing anxiety to the farmers. In August 2011, a similar rupture along the pipeline near river Devanadhi ruined Samba paddy fields. However, the damage was contained by the river, which washed away the oil slicks into the sea. But now, the crude oil spill has begun flowing along the Kohur irrigation channel, which irrigates over 300 acres, across the villages of Manjavaadi, Anaimangalam, Kohur, Thenkarai and Vadakarai.

It is telling on the already weak prospects of the samba crop. Several acres of paddy fields irrigated by the oil slick-laden water from the channel have been ruined.
Publication Date: 04 November 2012


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