Court stops clearing of Hambacher forest by RWE
The Higher Administrative Court in Münster has put a temporary stop to the clearing of the Hambacher forest in North-Rhine Westphalia where energy company RWE wants to extend a lignite mine, Marlon Gego reports in the Aachener Zeitung. Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) had submitted an emergency appeal to stop the forest from being cleared, although a court in Cologne had given RWE permission to expand the mine. Anti-brown coal activists are living in tree houses in the forest and have vowed to fight any eviction. The clearing ban is in place until the court in Münster has reached its decision.
Read the article in German here.
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