German court rejects environmental lawsuit over Nord Stream 2

This time, the refusal was received by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe organization, which tried to challenge the permission to build the gas pipeline. Lawsuits against Nord Stream 2 were also filed by other organizations promoting the fight for the environment

The Greifswald Supreme Administrative Court dismissed the claim of the German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. DUH announced this on Twitter.

The activists promised to use all legal means to stop the project.

DUH has repeatedly tried to get Nord Stream 2 to stop in court. The organization's website has a separate section with a petition against the gas pipeline.

In April, Deutsche Umwelthilfe demanded that the Hamburg court overturn the regulator's decision with permission to build Nord Stream 2; in German waters.

The conservation organization believes that pipe-laying is a threat to marine life. The organization also believes that Germany “ does not need a mega-pipeline that produces 100 million tons of CO2 per year. '' They noted that the pipeline is the largest fossil fuel project in Europe, and in this case, “ not meeting the climate targets ''. “ In our lawsuit, we want to ensure that the ban on the construction of a gas pipeline in German waters remains, '' & mdash; said Federal Managing Director of DUH Sascha Müller-Kraenner.

Claim to the court of Greifswald demanding to review the permit for the operation of Nord Stream 2 was filed in the summer of 2021. The DUH challenged the decision of the Stralsund Mining Authority, which initially rejected the environmentalists' application.

DUH is not the only environmental organization fighting against the pipeline. For example, a non-governmental organization, the Union for the Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity (Naturschutzbund Deutschland, NABU), demanded to ban or suspend construction in May 2021. They argued their claim by the fact that the gas pipeline directly destroys the habitat of marine fauna at the bottom of the Baltic Sea on an area of ​​more than 16 football fields. Because of this appeal of environmentalists, the permit for the construction of the gas pipeline was suspended, initially & mdash; until the end of May. However, on May 17, the Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography of the Federal Republic of Germany (BSH) allowed the continuation of the work.

Greifswald is the end point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The gas pipeline consists of two lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters. m of gas per year and runs from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Initially, the pipeline was planned to be completed at the end of 2019, but the process has stalled due to sanctions from the United States. Washington regards Nord Stream 2 as a threat to the energy security of Europe. At the same time, Germany opposed US sanctions, considering US policy as interference in the country's internal affairs.

In October 2021, the laying of the gas pipeline was completed. On November 16, Germany's Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) temporarily suspended the Nord Stream 2 certification process. The Federal Grid Agency has concluded that certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator is only possible if the operator brings its legal form in line with German law, '' & mdash; said the regulator.

After this message, the exchange prices for gas in Europe rose by 17% over the day, exceeding the $ 1100 per thousand cubic meters mark.

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