Oil leaks for eighth time since September in Gamsha Bay

Environmental teams and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation declared a state of emergency after another oil spill in Gamsha Bay, north of Hurghada.

An onshore and offshore spill occurred last Monday and was contained, but yesterday another spill came from the same leak.

The operations and emergency center in Red Sea Governorate received information about an oil spill covering a total surface area of 300 to 400 square meters. Environmental teams were dispatched to address the problem.

Authorities took several measures to clean up the spill.

The spill last Monday resulted from a leak at an General Petroleum Company well that emitted large quantities of toxic hydrogen sulfide gas.

That was the seventh spill since September.

The Environment Ministry fined the company LE2 million following a gas leak in the same area in October.

Edited translation from MENA

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