Israeli environmentalists are warning that the agreement signed between Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) and Petromal National Holdings from the Amirates threatens the unique Red Sea coral reefs and could lead to “the next ecological disaster.”
Precious, world-renowned coral reefs are 200 meters from where oil from the Gulf is to be unloaded as part of a pipeline deal with the Emirates. Activists fear a pollution disaster.
“The infrastructure is not set up to prevent accidents and only designed “to treat pollution once it’s already in the water,” said Nadav Shashar, head of marine biology and biotechnology at Eilat’s Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science. Shashar, one of 230 experts who petitioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the deal, argued that with the increase of shipments, “the result will be a constant leak of oil pollution.”
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