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Court partially rejects ecologists' claim against Nord Stream 2

The construction works in the Bay of Greifswald continues
11:01, 2 June 2018

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The Supreme Administrative Court if Greifswald has rejected the claim of the ecological union Nabu that demanded to not allow the beginning of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Bay of Greifswald as DW reported.

It is stated that Nord Stream 2 Company can continue the construction works until the court makes a decision on the ecologists' claim.

The consideration date is not appointed yet.

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The court's representative claimed that it is impossible to solve the issue of the legality of the construction in the coastal waters within the accelerated procedure due to the high complexity of the factual and legal aspects of the case. However, the court is leaning towards the priority of the provision of Germany with the energy security over the argument of Nabu.

The ecological union has criticized the decision of the court.

'It seems that money is more important than the ecology', Leif Miller, the Head of Nabu said.

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He emphasized that the court follows the outdated argument provided by the Nord Stream 2 representatives and ignores the opinions of the leading experts in the energy sphere.

'Moreover, it is hard to realize the court's decision as a few days of the construction works led to the massive pollution of the coast', Miller claimed.

On may 27, the construction works were stopped due to the fact that the large volumes of the lubricant oils were found at the beaches of the Bay of Greifswald.

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As we reported the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun in Germany on May 3. Not all countries have given the permission for it; at the same time, Ukraine and Poland protest against the construction as it can strengthen Russia’s positions as the gas monopolist in Europe.

On May 18, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin met in Sochi. There Putin claimed that the transit of the Russian gas through Ukraine will be continued after the establishment of the Nord Stream 2 if it is economically reasonable.

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Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream-1. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.

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