August 7, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm

The Environmental Affairs Agency decided to file a complaint against the General Petroleum Company (GPC) in Ras Ghareb of the Red Sea governorate after the company’s work caused oil pollution to spread over a distance of 150 meters in the Dai al-Qamr area amid warnings of the spots extending to other areas and impacting beaches and maritime life on the Red Sea.
The Agency added that the complaint will be submitted to the Attorney General of Red Sea Prosecution Abdel Maged al-Qasas to investigate the company’s officials on charges of polluting the beach and damaging maritime life.

Environmental sources asserted that the results of the technical report on the oil stains revealed that the stain data were identical to those of the oil samples of the GPC, and added that the agency’s technical committee will determine the value of financial compensations expected for the affected marine environment.

The Environment Ministry announced July 5 that it spotted a crude oil spill covering 1,500 meters off the coastal area of Ras Ghareb in the north of the Red Sea governorate and declared a state of emergency while cooperating with the Petroleum Ministry to determine the spill’s source.

Crude oil spill pollution has covered the coastal area of Ras Ghareb six times, causing severe damage to the beaches and marine life of the Red Sea.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

Environmental Agency files complaint against petroleum company due to Red Sea oil pollution