Meged oil drilling 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy SPNI)
The High Court on Monday postponed hearing a petition by Adam Teva V’Din (Israel
Union for Environmental Defense) on oil shale standards and elected to combine
it with a second petition from the advocacy group for review at a December
The first petition, filed two years ago, protests the fact that
no legal framework of standards exists for exploratory oil and gas drilling,
with a particular focus on the oil shale industry, Keren Halperin- Museri, an
attorney for Adam Teva V’Din, told The Jerusalem Post. After the government
initiated such a framework this April, she explained, the group filed a second
petition arguing that the new standards provided shortcuts to bypass certain
planning and building procedures.
“We say when you search for oil you
have to go through the regular procedures because they may have health and
environmental impacts and go through sensitive areas,” she said.
petitions will now be reviewed jointly during a hearing on December
The CEO of Israel Energy Initiatives, the company performing the oil
shale exploration project, said the company had no comment on the matter at this