Al-Sisi Requests Detailed Report on Hurghada Oil Spill

Al-Sisi Requests Detailed Report on Hurghada Oil Spill

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has requested an environmental report from the Red Sea regulatory authorities on the oil spill that occurred on the 24th of June and caused an environmental crisis in the seas off northeastern Hurghada, according to Egypt Independent.

In the environmental report, the Egyptian President urged the officials to include the details of the damages done at the coastal area, actions taken to stop the spread and clear up the sea, and the measures taken to prevent leaks of that sort in the future.

Egypt Independent added that the environmental committee and the company cleaning up the spill have issued a final joint report that indicated that 245 tons of crude oil have so far leaked into the Red Sea, of which 330 square meters have been extracted from the sea. The oil was sucked from the surface of the water and transferred to the refineries of a petroleum company. 45 tons of sand have been contaminated by the slick.

The clean-up operations for this disaster are costing the Environment Ministry and the Petroleum Ministry between EGP 10m to EGP 15m. Investigations regarding the oil spill are currently being carried out and company responsible for the spill will be subject to prosecution.


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