News Digest Item
27 Mar 2018

Greens want clarity about follow-up costs of lignite mining in Lusatia

dpa / Welt Online

Left and Green Party politicians in the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg want clarity about the follow-up costs of lignite mining in the eastern German region of Lusatia, reports the news agency dpa in an article carried by Welt Online. Left Party state parliament member Jana Pinka told radio broadcaster PSR that the conditions are expected to remain difficult in the future, and enough funds must be put aside in case energy companies go bankrupt. Otherwise, the taxpayers would have to foot the bill. Citing the case of old East German lignite mines, Pinka expects follow-up costs to reach several billion euros. Saxony’s economy ministry said that a concept is to be agreed by June 2018.

Read the article in German here.

See the CLEW factsheet Coal in Germany for more information.

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