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German environmentalists intend to ban construction of Nord Stream 2

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deutsche Umwelthilfe has concluded that natural gas production is detrimental to the environment due to methane emissions
16:31, 8 March 2020

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German environmentalists from Deutsche Umwelthilfe intend to legally ban the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany. It is reported by WirtschaftsWoche.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe requires a reassessment of the environmental impact of Nord Stream 2, as it has evidence of higher environmental damage from natural gas production than previously thought.

The requirements of environmentalists are based on the legal opinion of the Institute of Economics and Law of the Technical University of Berlin and the environmental lawyer.

"According to modern knowledge, there are significant signs that methane emissions from gas production in Europe and Russia are actually higher than previously thought or indicated by the project initiators," the lawyer's report said.

Related: Russian Energy Minister believes Nord Stream 2 to be put into operation before end of 2020

Deutsche Umwelthilfe Managing Director Sascha Müller-Krenner said the organization has contacted the Stralsund Mining Inspection Office with a request to review the permit for the construction and operation of Nord Stream 2.

Environmentalists intend to check the conditions of production and processing of natural gas in Russia, as well as the impact of such activities on the environment.

However, Nord Stream 2 management sees no reason to revise the gas project.

“The Nord Stream 2 project was approved by competent authorities from five countries based on comprehensive environmental impact assessments,” the company spokesman said.

In Germany, permits for the implementation of the project were issued by the Stralsund Mining Authority and the Federal Agency for the Marine and Hydrographic Exclusive Economic Zone under the legislative procedure, with the participation of the public.

Related: Allseas company does not plan to resume construction of Nord Stream 2

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