Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of petroleum leakage from the pipelines, North Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 24/10/2018
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of V. P. Krishnamoorthy Vs. The Union of India & Others dated 24/10/2018. The matter deals with incidents of leakage of petroleum oil manufactured and supplied by various oil companies from the pipelines laid and used by such companies contaminating drinking water in North Chennai, more particularly, in Thondiarpet impacting the wells on PH road and BP Koil street. The case was taken up on the basis of a newspaper report dated 16.07.2013 and other reports preceding it. The CPCB was directed to file remediation measures by way of a report and, in the interregnum, the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited was directed to continue with the work of remediation based on the report of Experts from IIT, Madras. The CPCB filed its report on 30th May, 2016 whereby certain recommendations were made requiring the BPCL to revise the scope of work of remediation.
It has come to the notice of the Court that the work was continuing even today. National Green Tribunal directs the BPCL and the TNPCB to submit reports on the present status of the work in respect of remediation of the area before the next date without fail.