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Gamsha Bay on the Red Sea on Monday suffered a new onshore and offshore oil spill resulting from a leakage in a General Petroleum Company well, emitting large quantities of the toxic Hydrogen Sulfide gas.
This is the seventh leakage since September. The Environment Ministry dispatched a team of researchers to the site prior to taking legal action against the company.
Company Safety Director Hassan Abdel Salam said the company is drilling three wells in Gamsha to end the problem of the natural leaking of crude oil.
He accused the researchers of failing to put an end to the leakage that has been continuing for several months, as they did not conduct a geophysical survey of the area to explore the size of the crude oil reserve.
The Environment Ministry fined the company LE2 million following a gas leak in the same region in October.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm