Oil gas extractions will result in Sinking of the basin: Experts

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New Delhi, Oct 13 (UNI) A Rights organisation today appealed to the Centre and the state of Andhra Pradesh to consider the long term implications of the off-shore oil exploration off KG basin being undertaken by various oil majors.

Praja Spandana, Forum for Common Cause and Protection of Public Interest contended that where the oil extractions can be subsituted by replacing water there is no remedy when Natural oil gas is extracted from the sea water. The rocks will sink when gas is extracted with no remedy left for us, C S Rao, president of Praja Spaandana and a retired officer from Indian Economy services said.

Mr Rao, who has registered a society 'Krishna Godavri Delta Parirakshana Samithi', has expressed concern over the manner some private companies are going to embark their projects to extract Natural oil gas resourses from the parts of Godavary and Krishna deltas in Andhra Pradesh.

He said in case of oil extractions, sinking of land could be arrested by injecting water in place of oil and stabilising rock pressure. But in case of gas extractions, the same technique cannot be adopted causing the rocks to sink with no remedy left.

Professor G Krishna Rao of Geology department of Allahabad University had in 1995-98 warned the Government of the serious implications of oil extactions from the area concerned as it may lead to change of the river course and earthquakes causing damage to the people as well as to the economy of the country.

K G deltas which has about 1.3 crore population is called the ''Rice bowl of the country'' and should not be sacrificed for some short term gains, Mr Rao said. Reliance company has started the extraction work from September 17, and will carry on till 2022.

ONGC, GSPC Cairn Energy will also follow soon, he said.

The Government should ensure the safety and security of the residents beforehand, he said.


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