Posted by: r.m. | January 21, 2009

Lebanese gas?

Lebanese officials have cautioned the Israeli government and operator Noble Energy Inc. not to encroach on Lebanese territory in the wake of a large natural gas discovery made offshore Haifa, according to local press reports.

Public Works, Transportation, Water and Energy Committee Chairman MP Mohammed Qabbani is seeking a precise identification of the area encompassing the discovery, and wants the government to take action to protect Lebanon’s offshore territories as necessary.”

Qabbani urged the parliament to “take whatever legal measures needed to insure that Lebanon’s territorial water rights are preserved,” and recommended Energy and Water Minister Alain Tabourian send US-based Noble Energy an official warning informing it that “it is working for the Israeli enemy and must be wary not to infringe on Lebanon’s rights, should the gas deposit prove mutual. Qabbani explained his concerns by saying that Israel was the only country in the region “not bound by marine agreements.”


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