A high voltage, above-ground electricity line planned to cross the Hula Valley could threaten the lives of hundreds of birds every year, according to Israeli environmental groups.
The Israel Electric Corporation is promoting the installation of the electricity line, which is set to cross the Hula Valley and reach the Golan Heights to connect potential future wind farms, the organizations explained in a statement released on Tuesday. Among the protesting groups are the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF).
"Israel has signed a number of conventions for the preservation of birds found in the Hula Valley," the groups said. "We call upon the IEC to promote the burial of an underground line."