Haifa Magistrate's Court fined the Paz gas company on Monday NIS 3m. for polluting the groundwater near five gas stations. The company pleaded guilty to the charges regarding its gas stations at Kit ve'Nofesh, Shaar Hagai, Hofit, Kadima and Zach (Rupin). Moreover, the court ordered an estimated NIS 10m. cleanup operation at the five sites.
The Environmental Protection Ministry, which had pressed charges, said Monday that the court's decision went above and beyond what is mandated by law and therefore was unprecedented in the fight to combat ground and water contamination. At Shaar Hagai and Kadima, the court ordered Paz to move its gas containers farther away from wells in the area.