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German environmentalists dispute construction of Nord Stream 2 in court

German environmentalists dispute construction of Nord Stream 2 in court

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The Nabu environmental association is going to achieve the lifting of the permission to build a gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Germany. This writes DW.
The association challenged the permission to build and operate the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in Germany, which Nord Stream 2 received earlier this year.

Environmentalists filed a lawsuit to the Superior Administrative Court of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern against the decision of the mining administration of the German city of Stralsund to authorize the construction of a pipeline in the territorial waters of Germany.

Thus, Nabu tries to prevent the planned start of construction work in May.

"We see blatant violations in the methods of research and we doubt that the pipeline will not cause serious consequences for the marine environment," explained Nabu expert Kim Detloff, quoted by dpa.
Nabu also doubts that the project meets the requirements of an independent permit procedure, since a significant part of monitoring data on the possible impact on the environment was not available.

The association points out that in the territorial waters of Germany the pipeline will completely pass through the marine nature protection zones. This is a danger to the life of many marine animals.

The suit of Nabu is supported by the German branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Detloff is convinced that the permission to build the "Nord Stream-2" was issued "on the basis of obsolete views." Detloff pointed to the fact that Germany's ability to import and store gas today is three times higher than real consumption.

In the company Nord Stream 2, which is engaged in the construction of the gas pipeline, said that the claim does not threaten the implementation of the project. In the process of its approval, the company proved that the pipeline is necessary to partially reduce the supply disruptions to Europe, which may occur in the future, noted the representative of Nord Stream 2.

Thus, Nord Stream-2 will help to increase the energy security of the EU countries and increase the level of competition in the European market, assures the subsidiary of the Russian concern Gazprom.
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