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Pipeline company convicted for 2011 water pollution incident

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Illustrative: The oil leak in the Arava area of southern Israel in 2014 after a crack in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline. (Nature and Parks Authority)
Illustrative: The oil leak in the Arava area of southern Israel in 2014 after a crack in the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline. (Nature and Parks Authority)

A Beersheba court convicts the Europe Asia Pipeline Company and its former director general, among others, in the serious contamination of the Zin stream in southern Israel when a pipe carrying jet fuel was damaged during maintenance works.

Ruling that the company, formerly known as the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company, was ill-prepared for emergency events, the court convicts the EAPC of water pollution in aggravated circumstances, discharge of toxic waste and responsibility for strong odors.

Several former senior EAPC staff are convicted of aggravated water pollution offenses and breach of the duty to supervise and prevent violations of laws dealing with cleanliness and hazardous substances.

More than 722 million cubic meters flowed into the stream and its environs as the result of damage caused to a pipe on two occasions in 2011.

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