Question raised in Lok Sabha on Environmental/Forest Clearance for Major Projects, 21/07/2015

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Environmental/Forest Clearance for Major Projects, 21/07/2015. The offshore and on-shore oil and gas exploration, development & production activity listed at item no. 1(b) in the Schedule of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), Notification 2006 requires prior Environmental Clearance (EC). While granting EC,4 stage processes namely Screening, Scoping, Public Consultation and Appraisal of project are involved. Total 24 Ecs have been granted to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) since May 2014 till 17.07.2015. Presently, 08 projects of ONGC are under appraisal for EC. Out of these,03projectshave been recommended by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) but are withheld for want of Stage-1 Forest Clearance. Besides,one project is under consideration for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Clearance. Status of cases granted with EC and pending for EC in respect of ONGC is Annexed.