Zemach Committee on natural gas protocols published

June 5, 2013 03:19

The Energy and Water Ministry has published the transcripts and protocols of the inter-ministerial Committee for the Examination of Israel’s Natural Gas Policy, which recommended a natural gas export framework to the government this fall.

While the committee – headed by Energy and Water Ministry director-general Shaul Zemach – recommended that the country export a maximum of 500 billion cubic meters of gas and ensure that 450 b.cu.m. are maintained at home, environmentalists have been up in arms about these figures.

In coordination with the Justice Ministry and the principles of the Freedom of Information Law, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom decided to make the materials public on Tuesday.

“I ordered the publication of the transcripts of the committee in order to maintain maximum transparency and to allow the public to be exposed to the hearings,” Shalom said. “Transparency is important to the discussion directors as is a business-like and respectful dialogue on the subject of the uses of natural gas in Israel.”

The transcripts of the Zemach Committee meetings are available on the Energy and Water Ministry’s website.

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