The plan brings together the Energy, Environment, Public Works, Interior and Agriculture ministries.
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The world has had its share of major oil spills, and Lebanon is no exception.So as talks about potential offshore oil exploration intensify, the government announced Monday a contingency plan to prevent and contain major petrochemical spills. The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan in Lebanese waters was announced at the start of a weeklong training conference held at the Movenpick Hotel in an effort to prepare Lebanon for potential crises.The NOSCP strives to detail a response strategy to oil spills occurring inside Lebanese waters, as well as those that may enter Lebanese waters from outside. In addition to focusing on offshore incidents, the plan also addresses potential land-based spill sources, including oil terminals, ports and docked vessels.The NOSCP will have a strict, hierarchical framework with a three-tiered spill response plan that sets out what happens in minor, medium and major incidents.While the plan is focused on putting regulations in place ahead of any future oil drilling, it also looks to better manage unexpected incidents – particularly considering Lebanon already witnessed a major oil spill during the 2006 war with Israel.
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