But United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner told journalists that the precise threat caused by the leak remained unknown.
That's because inspection crews had no access to the affected area prior to a cease-fire between Israeli forces and the Hizballah militia.
UNEP estimates that up to 15,000 tons of oil polluted 150 kilometers of shoreline.
Officials from the UN, the EU, and the International Maritime Organization as well as ministers from Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Cyprus were attending the meeting in the Greek port of Piraeus.
An Iraqi boy drinks from a waste-water reservoir near Baghdad (epa file photo)
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. Disputes about access to water are increasingly coming to the center of global attention, especially in China, India, and Central Asia. Writing about the 1967 Six Day War in his 2001 memoirs, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that "while border disputes between Syria and ourselves were of great significance, the matter of water diversion was a stark issue of life and death." (more)