India: Save Changpang and Tsorri Villages from ONGC Oil Spills in Nagaland
  • Petitioned Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Forests and Environment, Government of India, New Delhi
Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan
Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC
Mr. A K Hazarika
Chief Minister of Nagaland
Mr. Neiphiu Rio
Prime Minister of India, South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi, 110 10
Dr. Manmohan Singh

India: Save Changpang and Tsorri Villages from ONGC Oil Spills in Nagaland

    1. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
    2. Petition by

      Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

      Chiang Mai, Thailand


Oil spills from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) well sites in Wokha district of Nagaland, India have severely destroyed Changpang and Tsorri villages of the district. More than two thousand indigenous Lotha Naga peoples of the villages have seen the farmlands, forests and water sources they rely on for their survival contaminated due to the spillage, including their spiritual sites. Further, health problems in the district have increased significantly in this area since the spillage, with higher rates of water-borne diseases, malnutrition, miscarriages, cancer, kidney failure and nerve problems.

The ONGC began extraction since 1981 after acquiring permission from the Government of Nagaland in 1973 to explore oil and natural gas in the villages without obtaining the Free Prior and Informed Consent of the indigenous communities as per the national and international law (Art. 371(A) of the Constitution of India and UNDRIP Art. 19). As per the provisions of Art. 371(A), both mineral and surface resources belong to the communities and not the State. Only after continued protests by numerous civil society groups for over a decade, the government withdrew permission in 1994.

Due to improper and careless capping of the oil well sites, oil spillage has continued for over 17 years now and continues to affect the lives of the peoples in the villages. Before the extraction was stopped, the ONGC is estimated to have produced more than 1.2 million metric tons of oil from this area yet the company appears not to have used a portion of the profit from this for making sure the sites were properly secured.

Recently, a case has been filed at Guwahati High Court against the ONGC, Government of Nagaland and its affiliated departments that is going on. We need your urgent support to save the villages and attain justice for harms the villagers suffered.

This online petition has been initiated by North East Peoples Alliance (NEPA), India and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      Authorities need to know that the populace isn't ignorant. We know what's happening and we want to make a difference, individually we may not be able to do something but with the government's help we can solve these issues and problems.

    • Ranjit Singhvi DIMAPUR, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I sign this petition because I truly feel that injustice has been done. Also I sign this petition because a voice has been raised and now we have the platform and means to pursue ,matters of environment and safety. Besides its time that the civil Society in general raise issues which can bring about a common change.

      Our plight is because we are silent, I deeply believe that more and more issues should be bought forth for public opinion.. We surely can expect individual changes which will can later be a collaborative change..

    • Easterine Kire TROMSO, NORWAY, NORWAY
      • over 2 years ago

      The ONGC tried to steal oil that belongs to the people of Nagaland. Stopped by the Naga people, they have abandoned it without heeding the consequences to the indigenous people from the oil spill. They have added insult to injury and need to repair the colossal damage they are inflicting on the Nagas

    • Benedict Shitio KOHIMA, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Are we puppets attached with strings for someone else to control? Ignorant of our own natural & constitutional rights? Let them make money at the cost of kins' precious lives? Time to wake up and stand for our legal rights. I am in for this good fight and I vote N.E.P.A and A.I.P.P for their "FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS". Dear ONGC kindly do not defame your valued tag you have earned.

    • hachio odyuo BHANDARI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      its an issue that has not been solved for about two decades(20 yrs)


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