The Environmental Protection Ministry said it had not yet been satisfied by measures to sample.
The center’s facilities will simulate the nature of work and life offshore.
"We are in favor of the development of natural gas, but we are also in favor of our health," MK Gabbay stated at the rally.
Noble Energy’s plan to extract natural gas via the game-changing pipe seems like a win-win for the Israeli government, the Israeli people and neighbors like Jordan, Egypt and Cyprus.
Shares in Tamar Petroleum rose by 3.36% in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Protesters argued that the proposed location, will destroy the sea as well as irrevocably damage the health of Israelis living near the coast.
Natural gas to replace more coal, leading to cleaner environment.
Learn about some of the historic agreements and collaborations between the United States and the Jewish State.
Critics of Israel's natural gas system have contended that the current reliance on one source is a national security risk.
In recent years, Noble Energy has become almost a household name in Israel.