A day after Law minister C Ve Shanmugham made a statement in the Assembly that no nod had been given for hydrocarbon exploration in the State and those criminal proceedings would be initiated against those violating norms, farmer leader PR Pandian landed up at the police station in Kottur to lodge a complaint against officials of ONGC Karaikkal asset, alleging the company was trying to explore hydrocarbons in the district.
In his complaint, Pandian, general secretary of Tamilaga Cauvery Farmers Association, stated that ONGC was trying to drill for hydrocarbons in Chozhanganallur and Periyakudi villages. Sources said the energy major had abandoned the exploratory wells after they did not yield any petroleum product. There was a gas leak from the well in Periyakudi and a fire broke out on April 4, 2013. Read More
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