Onshore Gas Terminal Plan Rejected

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Environmental and local citizens’ groups won a victory on Sunday as the Central District Planning and Building Commission recommended that the natural gas terminal should be built offshore, Globes reported.

Residents of the Hefer Valley and Yokneam have strenuously opposed the construction of a terminal onshore where they say it would pose an unacceptable safety risk.

The Ministry of Interior’s planning team proposed that some of the gas be handled at offshore terminals and the remainder at two onshore sites: one near the wastewater treatment facility in Emek Hefer, and one near the Israel Electric Corporation power plant at Hagit near Yokneam.

The issue will next be considered by the National Planning and Building Commission.