TIRUVARUR: Panic spread among farmers after an oil spill from ONGC pipelines near Tiruvarur destroyed cotton crops on two acres of land on Friday night. However, authorities arrived at the spot and arrested the leak, preventing further loss to farmers. ONGC has been digging oil wells in various places of agriculture lands across delta districts, particularly in Tiruvarur district, to extract oil and natural gas.
The oil will be taken to a collection point at Vellakudi in the district and then to the main plant located at Narimanam in Nagapattinam for refinement. The pipelines have been running under the agriculture ground till the refinery. Keezha Erukattur farmers, of Tiruvarur district, noticed the leak on Friday evening which triggered fear among them. The farmers alerted Selvaraj, who has been growing cotton crops on his five-acre land, and he reported this to the ONGC authorities.
Though a team arrived at the spot on Saturday morning, the oil had spilled over to two acres of land and destroyed the crops. The technical team rectified the issue later. Meanwhile, farmers demanded damages should be given to the land owner or the company should replace upper soil layer on the field so Selvaraj could take up cultivation again.