Israel fines energy giant 1.12 mln USD following sea emission violations

Israel has imposed a fine of 3.78 million shekels (about 1.12 million U.S. dollars) on the U.S.-based oil and natural gas company Noble Energy, Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Sunday.

The company, which was acquired by the U.S. energy giant Chevron last month, was fined for violating flow permit conditions from its drilling rig at the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, off Israel’s northern shores.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Gitit Pinkas told Xinhua that the company exceeded the standards for the flow of oils and fats from four drainage systems.

She added that the company also did not report abnormal tests results, as well as samples of liquids discharged into the sea.

Also, the company did not properly report the malfunction of flow meters in wastewater treatment facilities, nor did it report measured quantities in place of the faulty flow meters.

The rig began producing natural gas in December 2019, in accordance with a permit that Noble Energy received from the Israeli government.

Israel’s environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said that “Chevron should draw conclusions from the blatant violation by Noble Energy. We will not allow giant companies to endanger the Israeli public.”