MEMBERS OF the Yokneam Youth Movement.
(photo credit: The Yokneam Youth Movement)
As gas from the Tamar reservoir flows into the Ashdod reception facility through
a 160-kilometer pipe, activists in the Carmel region continue to protest the
construction of a second such plant in their area – which is much closer to the
The 250-billion-cubicmeter reservoir, capable of
supplying the country with gas for the next 25 years, is about 90 km. off the
shore of Haifa. Government officials want to establish a reception facility in
this region not only due to its proximity to the reservoir, but also to create
redundancy in the natural gas system in case one plant fails.
members of the Yokneam Youth Movement announced that after meeting with members
of the Carmel Menashe environmental protection organization – which is fighting
the facility’s planned establishment in the Hagit area – the youth movement had
decided on Friday to join the struggle.
On Sunday night, a statement from
the youth movement said its members met with Yokneam Mayor Simon Alfasi and city
officials, who agreed to fight against the construction of the facility as
The government plans to put the facility within 800 meters of homes
in the region, the statement noted.
“There cannot be gas facilities just
800 m. from residents,” Alfasi told the movement members. “The Hagit gas
facility will not happen.”
Just before Passover, Carmel Menashe – which
is coordinating the protest efforts for the entire region – petitioned the High
Court of Justice against the National Council for Planning and Building, the
Energy and Water Ministry, the government and a number of local and regional
councils, over their decision to continue promoting the site at Hagit. The High
Court has given the respondents until April 18 to reply, the movement
“We grew up in a green Yokneam, and we will do everything possible
so that we can raise our children in a green and clean environment without
pollution,” said Yokneam Youth Movement member Yossi Dray. “This is not a
cliché, but really something for which we will fight.”