1.The Hindu Editorial Summary – Topic : How does hydrocarbon extraction happen?

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Question :Explain the stages and techniques involved in hydrocarbon extraction, and what are the environmental and economic implications of decommissioning wells?

Formation of Hydrocarbons:

  • Over time, heat and pressure compress dead organic matter into hydrocarbons.
  • Hydrocarbons exist underground as natural gas, coal, crude oil, and petroleum.

Location of Hydrocarbons:

  • Found in reservoirs trapped by less resistant rock formations.
  • Porous and permeable rock formations hold more hydrocarbons.
  • Kerogen (organic matter) in source rock is the primary source.
  • Lacustrine kerogen yields waxy oils, marine kerogen yields oil and gas, and terrestrial kerogen yields light oils, gas, and coal.
  • Geologists locate potential reserves through modeling and exploration wells.

Accessibility of Hydrocarbons:

  • Drilling and reservoir engineers aim to extract maximum hydrocarbons without damaging the reservoir.
  • Production wells are drilled to maximize drainage from the reservoir.
  • Drilling fluid is used to cool and lubricate the drill bit and prevent blowouts.
  • Mud logging records rock cuttings for analysis.

Hydrocarbon Extraction:

  • Completed wells are prepared to drain hydrocarbons.
  • Drill string is removed, and casing is perforated to allow hydrocarbons to flow.
  • Natural pressure usually pushes hydrocarbons to the surface via a production well.
  • A narrower tube allows for one-directional flow (out of the well).

Production Phases:

  • Primary: Relies on natural pressure differences and buoyancy.
  • Secondary: Uses artificial pressure (water injection) to maintain flow.
  • Tertiary: Enhanced recovery methods (steam injection) to extract remaining hydrocarbons.

Conclusion:

  • Decommissioning wells is expensive and often not done, leading to methane emissions.

 

2.The Hindu Editorial Summary – Topic : Challenges Faced by Consumers with Disabilities

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Question : Discuss legal reforms and policy measures should be undertaken to ensure the protection and promotion of consumer rights for persons with disabilities in India?

  • Consumers with disabilities face inaccessibility to goods, services, and customer support.
  • In India, 5-8% of the population has disabilities (World Bank, 2009).

Potential Change-Makers:

  • Businesses: Often overlook persons with disabilities as consumers and design offerings for the “mainstream.”
  • Government: Can enact policies promoting accessibility, like FSSAI’s QR code requirement for food products.
  • Legal Reforms:
    • Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWDA) (2016):
      • Grants rights to equality, accessibility, and reasonable accommodation.
      • Requires universally designed consumer goods and accessible services.
      • Requires accessible ICT goods and services (BIS standards).
      • Allows complaints to Disability Commissions (recommendatory power only).
    • Consumer Protection Act (CPA) (2019):
      • Empowers Consumer Commissions to impose penalties and award compensation.
      • Lacks dedicated rights for consumers with disabilities.
      • Strong enforcement and compliance mechanisms.

The Way Forward:

  • Raise awareness about existing rights and resources under RPWDA and CPA.
  • Align the CPA with RPWDA to strengthen legal protection.

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