Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline company to pay NIS 100 million for oil spill

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In the largest class action settlement ever agreed upon in a case concerning the environment, the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) has reached a deal with a group of plaintiffs – including the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Nature and Parks Authority – to pay NIS 100 million in damages following a lawsuit over a crude oil spill in 2014.

The money will go toward the restoration of the nature reserve and the prevention of future damages. The case is the first in which a company had to pay for environmental damage that did not cause any direct personal harm.

“It will take many years to restore the nature reserve, if at all,” said David Lehrer, executive director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies…read more

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