Target: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
Goal: Hold Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company accountable for major oil spill in the Middle East
A major oil spill in southern Israel is already being described as one of the worst environmental disasters to ever hit the Middle East, with 600,000 gallons of oil flowing over the Arava desert. The oil has been making its way into the Evrona Nature Preserve and over the Jordanian border, where at least 80 residents of the Jordanian city of Aqaba have already been hospitalized due to the spill. Please demand that the companies and individuals responsible for this environmental disaster, which will take months or even years to clean up, be held responsible.
The oil spill resulted from a breach in the Trans-Israel pipeline, a 153-mile-long pipeline operated by the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister and Minister of Environmental Protection, took almost a week to make any comment about the disaster. Netanyahu made no mention of the company’s responsibility yet, but a process of accountability must be started, along with clean-up efforts. There is also a need to consider stricter environmental regulation to prevent disasters like this from reoccurring and putting the environment and the health of many people at risk.
Let Netanyahu know that companies must be held responsible for man-made disasters like this, and that regulation must enacted to prevent them from happening again. Cleaning up is not enough, accountability and regulation must be addressed so that companies stop putting their own profits before the risks to the environment and public health.
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,
I recently learned about the major oil spill in southern Israel, which is putting both the environment and the residents of nearby cities at great risk. The spill has already been described as one of the worst environmental disasters to ever happen in the Middle East, and at least 80 people have already been hospitalized in Jordan after being affected by the spill. I demand that you start a process of accountability to ensure that those responsible for this disaster face the appropriate consequences.
The breach in the pipeline, operated by the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company, resulted in a spill of 600,000 gallons of oil in the Evrona Nature Preserve. While cleaning up and preventing the spill from spreading should be a top priority right now, there must also be action around accountability and consideration of environmental regulation. There has to be a focus on preventing such disasters in the future, and it has to be made clear to companies that public health and environment take priority over their profits.
Please hold the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company accountable for this disaster. Consider the existing environmental protection regulations and whether they are sufficient to defend the environment, the citizens of Israel, and neighboring countries.
[Your Name Here]
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