Company Seeks Court Order Against Israel Government on Oil Issue

The Jordan Exploration Company, whose director is M. Novomeisky, today asked the Israel Supreme Court for an order nisi forcing the Israel Government to show cause why the company should not be permitted to exploit oil prospecting concessions granted it by the Palestine Mandatory Government in 1939. The application for the order asked the court to rule before the petroleum bill now pending in Parliament is adopted.

The Jordan Exploration Company received two concessions for prospecting in two areas, each 500 kilometers square, on the western and southern shores of the Dead Sea. The company, which says it invested $600,000 in exploration work, began operations after receiving the concessions but was interrupted by World War II and by the War of Independence. The company recently asked the government for extension of the concession but was turned down.

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