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Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company indicted over 2014 oil spill

Plants covered in oil at the area where for three weeks there was a large oil leak in the Arava area of Southern Israel, on December 24, 2014. (Roy Talbi/Environmental Protection Ministry)
Plants covered in oil at the area where for three weeks there was a large oil leak in the Arava area of Southern Israel, on December 24, 2014. (Roy Talbi/Environmental Protection Ministry)

The state-owned Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) is indicted on charges linked to a massive 2014 oil spill that was one of the worst ecological disasters in Israeli history.

According to the indictment, the company and several of its senior executives should be held responsible for “failures and neglect” that led to the massive spill.

The Environmental Protection Ministry says that some 5 million liters of crude oil were spilled in late 2014 when a pipeline belonging to EAPC ruptured, causing significant environmental damage to the Arava desert and Evrona Nature Reserve and leading to approximately NIS 100 million in damage.

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