Panel of experts to study the effects of hydrocarbon production outside of Delta

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Chennai:

During the debate over the governor’s address, State Industry Minister Thangam Thennarasu told the State Assembly that a committee of experts would be set up to assess the impact of oil / hydrocarbon exploration / extraction on the ecology and livelihood of non-Delta farmers – Investigate districts. He also stated categorically that no permission would be given to explore, drill or produce oil / hydrocarbons in the Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Ariyalur, Cuddalore and Pudukottai counties.

The expert committee will examine the effects of oil and hydrocarbon exploration on groundwater, soil and livelihoods of farmers in districts other than the above, Thennarasu said at the request of MLA MH Jawahirullah of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, who tried to extract all of the oil stop exploration projects in the delta areas.

The minister also said the committee will seek public opinion to assess the impact of such projects on food security and livelihoods of people in the districts. He added that the state environmental protection agency had rejected the environmental impact assessment application from ONGC, which was planning to dig 10 wells in Ariyaluur and five in the Cuddalore district. The applications were rejected on June 21 due to a lack of information on the socio-economic impact of the project and deficiencies in the applications. The minister also said the Tamil Nadu government will not give permission to extract methane and shale gas, which harm the ecology and livelihood of Tamil Nadu farmers.



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