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Suspected oil spill at sea could be a major regional pollution event, ministry warns

Environment Minister Zandberg says emergency plans to be readied as officials scramble to assess threat from ‘suspicious patches’ 20-40 kilometers from shore

By TOI STAFF2 February 2022, 10:15 am

The Environmental Protection Ministry said Wednesday that a suspected oil spill detected the night before off the coast has the potential to become a national or regional pollution incident, and gave instructions for emergency plans to deal with such a situation to be readied for use.

Observations so far have detected “suspicious stains” on the surface of the sea 20 to 40 kilometers (12-24 miles) from the shore along a stretch of coast between the central cities of Rishon Lezion and Netanya.

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