The Environmental Protection Ministry ordered the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. (EAPC) to cease their work in the Nahal Zin and surrounding reserve following last week's devastating oil spill after the ministry found that the company could not effectively carry out the cleanup and prevent further environmental damage.
EAPC responded to the ministry's order, saying that fault lies with the digging contractor, which had failed to follow instructions from environmental authorities and had ruptured the pipeline in the course of its work.
The company began work immediately following the massive spill, and claims that it competently follows ministry guidelines.
The pipeline burst that occurred last week resulted in the years largest soil contamination and an oil slick of at least 1.5 million liters.
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