19/01/2016
An indictment has been issued against the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) for two oil spills in the Zin Valley, in southern Israel. The incidents occurred in June 2011 and September 2011, and resulted in some 1 million liters of fuel oil gushing into the desert.

In the first incident, ​in late June 2011, a backhoe loader struck an underground fuel pipeline, causing 722,000 liters of jet fuel to spill. About 60 dunam of land was affected and nearby aquifers were endangered. Ultimately, 26,500 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed from the area.

The pipeline was damaged again in September 2011, during the course of repair work. More jet fuel leaked during that incident, and another 7,200 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed from the area.

Both incidents resulted in ecological harm to the soil, flora, and fauna. Inter alia, the indictment charges the EAPC with: water contamination, disposal of waste containing hazardous material in a public area, damage to a national park, and causing severe or unreasonable odor.