State-owned pipeline faces scrutiny over benzene emissions

The State-owned Europe-Asia Pipeline Company, whose oil pipeline between the Red Sea port of Eilat and the Mediterranean city of Ashkelon leaked several cubic meters of light crude oil at the end of October, is again in the Environmental Protection Ministry’s crosshairs, following complaints about strong fuel smells by Ashkelon residents.

The ministry announces its intention to hold a hearing for the company and its managers, after discovering above permitted levels of benzene emissions during two days in November due to a fault in a crude oil container.

Sue Surkes