As rains threaten to flood the delicate coral in the Gulf of Eilat with recently spilled pollutants, new figures released on Sunday night showed that the scale of the ecological disaster caused by a ruptured oil pipeline in southern Israel is nearly twice as bad as initially estimated.
The data sent by the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) to the Environmental Protection Ministry showed that some five million liters of crude oil burst from the pipe last week.
Initial reports last week indicated 3 million liters were spilled in the accident.
So far, damage control teams have cleared away 13,000 tons of polluted soil in an attempt to contain and minimize the impact of the spill.
Read more at Times of Israel.
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