The Berlin-Brandenburg Supreme Administrative Court (OVG) rejected the complaints of two environmental associations. This means that the American automaker Tesla is allowed to continue cutting trees at the site of the planned Gigafactory 4 in Grünheide near Berlin.
The Brandenburg Green League lawyer Dirk Teßmer said: "We were optimistic in the sense that everything would be different." Today, the Brandenburg Green League, which filed a lawsuit against the early start of construction, proposed a settlement to the American company. They wanted to withdraw their complaint - if Tesla took extensive compensation measures for his interference in nature. For example, 18.6 miles of the highway perimeter should have been planted with hedges from sand and dust storms.
But this attempt failed because the Association for Landscape Conservation and Species Protection in Bavaria (VLAB) refused to withdraw its complaint.
The area on which the forest stands has been designated as an industrial zone about 20 years ago. Plantations are mainly composed of pines.
Oliver Krischer, a member of the parliamentary group of the Bundestag and the Greens, who, among other things, is a member of the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) and the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), criticized the fact that "the pine plantation has turned into a battlefield."
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