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  6/19/2014, Sivan 21, 5774

Court Says No to Golan Oil Drilling For Now

The Northern District Planning Commission decided Thursday not to give permission for oil drilling on the Golan Heights. The Commission is withholding permits to begin drilling operations until it receives a professional environmental impact statement on the effects of drilling.

The decision came after an eight hour-meeting Thursday, in which hundreds of residents said that drilling would endanger the water sources of the Kinneret that flow through the Golan. In addition, the process would dump tons of chemicals, which would end up in the Kinneret, they said.