Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:36 AM
KKL-JNF is an integral part of daily life in Israel's Arava region, involved in everything from agricultural R&D and infrastructure works to environmental projects such as restoring the indigenous acacia trees to this region. In response to the huge oil leak that caused extensive damage to the Evrona Nature Reserve, KKL-JNF built an embankment that stopped the spread of the petroleum.
Embankment Constructed by KKL-JNF Stopped 300,000 Liters of Crude Oil from Spreading
Photo: Assaf Admon
KKL-JNF undertook the construction of an impromptu “dam” that stopped crude oil from spreading to the Evrona Nature Reserve and helped reduce severe ecological damage to the region due to the leak. The dispersion of dangerous substances has now been halted near the Ilan and Asaf Ramon Airport in Timna near Eilat.
KKL-JNF announced that it undertook the construction of an embankment, as part of the efforts to save parts of the Arava desert from the petroleum leak. The embankment served as a dam that stopped the crude oil from spreading to the Evrona Nature Reserve and helped reduce the damage caused by the ecological disaster.
The information received from KKL-JNF indicated that the construction of the embankment was an immediate response that stopped more than 300,000 liters of petroleum and enabled their quick containment and removal before they could spread to additional areas.
The project was executed by KKL-JNF teams, with the assistance of their engineering equipment, next to the Ilan and Asaf Ramon Airport in Timna, as requested by representatives of the Israel Airports Authority and of the INPA, Eilat region.
The crude oil leak from the pipeline happened last Thursday and caused extensive damage to the Evrona Nature Reserve, one of the most important nature reserves in the Arava, and the current estimate is that its rehabilitation will take years. The Green Police and the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection will be investigating the leak and the circumstances that caused it. Pursuant to the leak, Eilat residents have decided to sue the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co. Ltd. (EAPC), the company whose pipeline mishap caused the leak, for NIS 380 million.