Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Nord Stream 2
Building permit will soon be in court
The dispute over a building permit for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline continues, and will soon be in court. Environmentalists announce this step. Even without the permit, the company is likely to continue building in German waters. Only later.
When the Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 may continue to be built in German waters could soon be a matter for the Hamburg Administrative Court. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has now rejected the objections by environmentalists to a building permit issued in mid-January. As a result, the German Environmental Aid (DUH) announced that it would appeal against the decision. We are working flat out, said Constantin Zerger, Head of Energy and Climate Protection at DUH. There are currently no ships in the German construction phase anyway.
Nord Stream is currently laying 2 pipes in Danish waters. According to information from Nord Stream 2, around 110 kilometers in Danish and 28 kilometers in German waters are still missing across two strands. Without the permit issued in mid-January, Nord Stream 2 is not likely to start building in German waters until the end of May. At the beginning of the year, the BSH allowed immediate construction in German waters. However, due to the contradictions of the DUH and the Naturschutzbund Deutschland, the approval had expired. With a visit to the court, the DUH would now revoke the approval again.
55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year
By rejecting the contradictions, the BSH did not adequately examine or ignore nature conservation and climate aspects, the DUH criticized in a press release. Among other things, she referred to climate-damaging methane emissions from the extraction, processing and transport of natural gas. According to its own information, however, the BSH is primarily responsible for assessing specific ecological impairments at sea and the effects on shipping traffic.
The authority had justified the rejection of the contradictions, among other things, with the fact that the remaining construction section only runs on the edge of a bird sanctuary, with little importance for certain species of roosting birds. In addition, the pipeline partially runs through an area in which there is already intensive shipping traffic. Nord Stream 2 is expected to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia to Germany. According to the project company, 95 percent of the pipeline has already been laid.