An oil-like substance found underground at a construction site

| Updated:
Jun 17, 2022 5:13:14 p.m.

A flammable liquid suspected to be petroleum has been discovered underground at a construction site in Netrakona, creating a stir among locals.

Construction workers unearthed it by placing a utility pole in a pit dug for piling for the construction of a multi-storey building in Kachari junction area under Durgapur Municipality of the district around noon on Thursday.

Iron pipes are laid with utility poles for stacking, for the construction of multi-storey buildings, according to construction workers.

As part of this, a Shafiqul Islam mechanic was placing a power pole in a dug pit to lay an iron pipe along the pole Thursday midday when flammable liquid came out, they said.

The flammable liquid came out just as the pole was placed five feet deep, construction workers said.

Curious, they tried if the thick black diesel-like liquid substance burned and surprisingly found that it did burn, they added.

As soon as the news spread, local people started collecting it – thinking it was some kind of oil – in buckets, cups and plastic jugs.

A local gas station employee, Nuruzzaman, said it was a kind of fuel oil a bit thicker than diesel.

“Maybe it will be what it is before diesel refining,” he said, meaning it is some kind of crude oil.

Durgapur Upazila Nirbahi officer Mohammad Rajib-ul-Ahsan said police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

“If oil is indeed found there, it is a state resource and necessary action will be taken by contacting higher authorities,” he said.

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Alice F. Ponder