Locals from 20 villages stage sit-in protest against oil refinery project in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri
Residents of 20 villages, including women and children, began the protest at Shivne Khurd village on Wednesday and stopped the agitation on Thursday afternoon.
The explosion Friday night at the Ohaji-Egbema local government area in Imo state was triggered by a fire at two fuel storage areas where more than 100 people worked.
Officials said several burnt vehicles and jerry-cans used in scooping stolen crude and petroleum products littered the scene of the carnage.
The death toll may be more than 100, according to a report in the Lagos-based Punch newspaper. The fire was reported to have spread to nearby properties.
The mass of metal tubes and canisters in the former East Germany near the border with Poland employs 1,200 people, and many local businesses depend on the custom it brings to the area.
The project was earlier proposed to be built at Nanar in Ratnagiri district, but has got stalled due to opposition from local organisations and the ruling Shiv Sena in the state.
Speaking at a CII event virtually, managing director of NRL Bhaskar Jyoti Phukan said the company has invested heavily in a bio-ethanol plant.
The Centre has approved Rs 26,264 crore for the Visakha Refinery Modernisation Project (VRMP), the Rajya Sabha was told on Monday.
This is the second fire to erupt at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in as little as three months.
The condition of seven of them are stated to be critical.
This facility will allow Cargill to produce and package its own edible oil brands for retailers and other customers in AP, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Slum dwellers of Sandhakuda on Saturday sought the intervention of Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shantanu Thakur on the proposed crude oil import terminal at Paradip.
Mathura Refinery, since inception, has shown its concern for the environment through plantation and reducing sulphur content in diesel and petrol produced at the unit.
Pertamina, Indonesia's biggest state-owned enterprise and energy company, said the fire at the Cilacap refinery started at one of the 228 gasoline tanks used to accommodate crude.
Contractors Sidhart Pradhan, Pritish Samal, Rajat Swain and others alleged that they have been living in pathetic condition due to non-payment of final dues for last two years.