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600,000 Gallons Oil Leaked in Eilat, Israel

montanapipelineIn what is being termed as Israel’s worst environmental disaster, around 600,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline in Beer Ora, Eilat, on December 4.

The southern chief of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Guy Samet said that the pipeline leaked during an upgradation due to “the systematic failure” of onsite construction workers. “A full clean-up and rehabilitation will take a few years,” he said.

Three people sustained injuries in the accident and were shifted to hospital.

Authorities said the oil leaked into streams, rivers and some area of the Evrona nature reserve, however, it was contained before it could reach the Jordanian border.