October 20, 2021

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Green body not to treat gas and oil extraction as mining activity

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Green body not to treat gas and oil extraction as mining activity
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Green body not to treat gas and oil extraction as mining activity
Green body not to treat gas and oil extraction as mining activity

NEW DELHI: In a move that may have wider implications, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) — an apex body that takes calls on conservation issues — has decided not to treat extraction of natural gas or oil as a mining activity under existing law on mines and minerals regulation in green areas.
Taking a call on projects near Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura, the standing committee of the board in its last meeting recommended the proposals for diversion of forest land by going ahead with the opinion of state advocate general and solicitor general of India.
Minutes of the meeting, put out by environment ministry in public domain on October 8, show that the SG in its opinion, sought by ONGC, has expressed that extraction of natural gas and oil (which includes exploration and development) is not a mining activity when compared to a traditional open cast mining carried out upon large tract of land and that it can’t be considered as mining in terms of the Supreme Court’s August 2006 order on the issue.
However, experts have noted that the move would be disastrous for the environment and wildlife around national parks and sanctuaries.

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