No hydrocarbon extraction taking place in Tamil Nadu right now, clarifies Centre5th August 2021
Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi had asked if the Union govt had considered cancelling the bids called for hydrocarbon extraction in the Protected Agricultural Zone in Tamil Nadu, as requested by the TN govt
THOOTHUKUDI: No hydrocarbon extraction is taking place right now in Tamil Nadu, said Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameswar Teli in response to a query in the Lok Sabha.
Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi had asked if the Union government had considered cancelling the bids called for hydrocarbon extraction in the Protected Agricultural Zone in Tamil Nadu, as requested by the Tamil Nadu government.
Even as the Union Petroleum Ministry launched the bids for Discovered Small Fields Round-III (DSF-III), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his earnest intervention to cancel the bid for the development of oil and gas fields in Vadatheru of Pudukottai which falls in the Cauvery delta basin and is protected under the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Act, 2020. The Act prohibits any new exploration for extraction of oil, gas and other hydrocarbons.
The Cauvery Basin, which the CM pointed out as being an ecologically fragile zone, is the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. It is the livelihood of several hundred farmers and farm hands, and calling of the bid by the Union government had already triggered agitations here, he said in the letter.