Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, and Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, held a meeting via video conference to discuss the latest procedures to combat the oil pollution resulted from seepage oil phenomenon due to cracks of the geological rocks of active earthquakes in northern Hurghada, according to a press release.
During the meeting, Fouad urged the necessity of continuing the precautionary measures to prevent any oil pollution from reaching the beaches of Hurghada, which has already been taken by Petrosafe Company. Fouad also underlined that the effective spirit of cooperation and coordination between the two ministries will continue to solve the problem of the north Hurghada.
For his part, El Molla emphasized the necessity to identify the main reasons of the problem and solve it to prevent any recurrence, appreciating the efforts and good coordination between the two ministries.
It should be noted that the Al Ahia area north of Hurghada in the Red Sea witnessed oil pollution on separate areas of its beaches that stretched for about a kilometer amid warnings of damage to the marine and coastal environment. In this regard, the Ministry of Environment in coordination with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) have taken immediate and urgent measures to combat the oil pollution in the area.