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22 Dec 2016

State minister wants to prohibit oil test drillings in Wadden Sea

Tageszeitung (taz)

Schleswig-Holstein’s state energy minister Robert Habeck wants to prohibit further oil test drillings off the coast of Germany’s northernmost state, writes Sven-Michael Veit in tageszeitung (taz). Detonations, drillings and other invasions of the national park Wadden Sea were generally forbidden by state national park regulations, said Habeck. Until now, authorisations were given under Germany’s federal mining law. Since 1987, Deutsche Erdoel AG (DEA) has drilled for oil from a sandbank in the North Sea and it is now planning further test drillings, also in the national park. The Wadden Sea is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Read the article in German here.

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