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6 years later: Senior officials in the EPA will be prosecuted for the oil leak in the Evrona Reserve - Walla! News

2020-10-27T12:14:52.721Z

The State Attorney's Office informed past and present company officials about their prosecution subject to a hearing. The incident, which took place in 2014 and is considered one of the worst ecological disasters in Israel, was allegedly caused as a result of work carried out in violation of safety procedures.



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6 years later: Senior officials in the EPA will be prosecuted for the oil leak in the Evrona Reserve

The State Attorney's Office informed past and present company officials about their prosecution subject to a hearing.

The incident, which took place in 2014 and is considered one of the worst ecological disasters in Israel, was allegedly caused as a result of work carried out in violation of safety procedures.

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Yoav Itiel

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 14:05

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Photo: Roi Talbi, Nature and Parks Authority, Editing: Yair Daniel

Department of qualified prosecutors Directive Attorney General at the Justice Ministry announced today (Tuesday) to Europe, Asia Pipeline Company (EAPC) and company officials past and present, that is considering prosecution pending a hearing, due to the oil spill in the creek Evrona in 2014.



According to the allegations The company officials are responsible for the failures that led to the incident, which is considered one of the biggest ecological disasters in the history of the State of Israel. According to the letter of suspicion against the company, the leak was caused by improper execution of oil pipeline work, violating internal procedures and safety instructions. Water in aggravated circumstances



Following the leak, an investigation was opened against EPA (then the Ashkelon Eilat Pipeline Company) by the Green Police in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with the Israel Police and the Nature and Parks Authority.

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Contamination of about 144 dunams.

Evrona Reserve, 2014 (Photo: Roi Talbi, Nature and Parks Authority)

Following the investigation, a hearing was initiated against the suspects in the Department for the Guidance of Prosecutors Certified Prosecutors, during which they will be summoned to present their arguments on the subject.



They are suspected of aggravated environmental pollution offenses - according to the Water Law The duty of an officer to supervise and prevent violations of the Law for the Prevention of Hazards - as required by the same



law.As mentioned, on December 3, 2014, the oil pipeline disintegrated due to an engineering failure and leaked 5,000 cubic meters of crude fuel, resulting in extensive pollution -144 dunams.

According to expert estimates, the costs of the damage caused by the incident amount to more than one hundred million shekels.

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