The other petro-chemical plants in the area, especially those that produce the deadly chemical polyvinyl chlorine (PVC), are also potential hazards par excellence. (Chlorine was the first chemical weapon ever used, during World War One.)
To make matters worse, winds in the region blow southeastward towards the densely populated center of the country. An explosion at one or more of these facilities could release toxic chemicals ranging from arsenic to mercury to lead.
"The facilities cover hundreds of dunans, and though there are guards at the gates, the complexes are huge; guarding them is ridiculous. The million dollar question here is why are they kept so close to residential areas?" asks the chemist.
The refineries in the Bay of Haifa and the hundreds of kilometers of pipelines spreading out from them like steel spider webs are also at risk.
"If they go, a chain reaction, much like what would have happened in Pi Glilot would occur. Nothing could prevent them from burning for hours and hours. Since there is a huge number of tanks, there would be a huge amount of uncontrolled combustion causing untold destruction and poisoning," the source says. Given enough ingenuity, the source, an environmental activist in Haifa, adds: "these places could easily be blown up."