Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Environmentalists: Oil project could kill Dead Sea
The government has been discussing a project by two companies to drill
for oil on the outskirts of the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, Middle East Newsline reported.
The two potential contractors have been identified as Ginko Oil
Exploration and Delek Energy System. On Aug. 26, the companies briefed
Israeli environmental officials on the project.
The company, which wants to build a two-kilometer exploratory well, said the
area could contain reserves of as much as 6.5 million barrels of oil. Israel
consumes 80 million barrels per year.