30.06.2011 28.Siwan, 5771 Jom Kippur Katan
Experts say cleanup of area could take weeks; Environmental Protection Ministry official: "This is one of largest soil contaminations in last year."
A tractor struck a portion of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline during pipe rehabilitation work on Wednesday morning, causing over 1.5 million liters of jet fuel oil to spill into Nahal Zin and the surrounding Negev nature reserve.
Experts said the cleanup of the area could take weeks.
“This is one of the largest soil contaminations to occur in the last year in Israel,” Guy Samet, manager of the Environmental Protection Ministry’s southern district, told The Jerusalem Post. “It’s not just typical soil pollution – it’s in a very sensitive area.”…