Latest round of testing kicks off at Golan Heights drilling site

February 16, 2016 21:22
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The hunt for oil in the Golan Heights continued into a new stage on Tuesday as a round of testing began at the Ness-3 drilling site.

In July, the Afek Oil and Gas firm confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons at the site but this round of testing aims to find out what type of oil is found in Ness-3's subsurface area. This will also help indicate whether it will be economically profitable to develop the site further.

The process is expected to take several weeks to carry out, according to Afek, which is owned by the New-Jersey-based firm Genie Energy Ltd., and added that it will be carried out by "leading companies in the field of oil exploration" as well as well as a team of observers from the Northern District Committee, which partly manages the area's drilling permits.

Drilling work at Ness-3, near the Bnei Yehuda industrial area, concluded in July 2015. Preliminary test results announced on July 29 indicated the presence of hydrocarbons in the vertical drilling sections.

Since February 2015, Afek has completed drilling at four sites and is in the process of moving on to a fifth. On February 1 of this year, it received a renewed permit from the Northern District Committee to continue to explore for conventional oil at up to 10 sites in a 39,500-hectare (97,606-acre) zone south of Katzrin.

Environmental groups such as Adam Teva V'Din (Israel Union for Environmental Defense) have voiced their concern on several occasions, saying that petroleum in the region was likely “tight oil” which could require non-conventional drilling procedures such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In January, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel tried to prevent Afek from receiving an extension on their drilling permit,  arguing that oil works on the Golan Heights may harm the public interest and pose a threat to environmental and water resources.

Related Content

Breaking news
July 19, 2018
White House rejects Putin proposal to interview U.S. citizens