11.01.2022 – 16:32
Because of a lawsuit by environmental associations, a supply contract between Tesla and the Strausberg-Erkner water association for the car manufacturer’s gigafactory in Grünheide, Brandenburg, could not be concluded. The reason for the lawsuit at the Frankfurt (Oder) Administrative Court is the increase in the delivery rate at the Eggersdorf waterworks, which is part of the supply network. The Brandenburg State Office for the Environment had approved this increase. The authority made a procedural error in the water-law environmental impact assessment (EIA). The ZDF political magazine “frontal” reports on this in the broadcast on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 9 p.m. on ZDF.
In November 2019, the Strausberg-Erkner water association asked the State Environment Agency for permission to pump around an additional million cubic meters of groundwater per year to supply the Tesla Gigafactory at the Eggersdorf waterworks. The environmental associations are now accusing the authority of not having adequately examined the effects of the additional massive water abstractions on nature and the supply of the population due to the procedural error.
In an internal email that ZDF magazine received “frontal”, a clerk from the state office found on November 2, 2021 that the complaining environmental associations were right that the waterworks had been mixed up in the test procedure. This was cleared up by the plaintiffs’ objection. “This would mean that (…) the EIA (pre) test for the approval procedure was incorrect and would have to be made up for,” the letter continues.
The State Office also admits this error in a supplementary pleading to the court on November 8, 2021. This letter is also available “frontally”. In it, the authority states that an internal review of the procedural documentation has confirmed the plaintiff’s objection. “Thus, after all of this, for the approval procedure with regard to the review of the EIA obligation, it can be determined that this was not carried out in accordance with the statutory provisions and needs to be made up,” the author makes clear.
This general preliminary check is then made up for on a brief page in the brief with the result that the increase in the delivery rate can be approved. According to the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, the procedural error was “quickly and legally cleared up”, said a ministry spokeswoman when asked. The previous assessment can be maintained that a further environmental impact assessment is not necessary. The environmental associations deny that.
André Bähler, head of the Strausberg-Erkner water association, emphasized “head on” that the permission of the state office for an increase in the amount of water was an essential prerequisite for the conclusion of the contract with Tesla: “Without this amount of permission, the contract would not have come into being.”
The Frankfurt (Oder) administrative court will now have to decide in the coming weeks how much water may be taken from the Eggersdorf waterworks and whether Tesla will get enough water for its car production.
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