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Germany: new suspension of the Tesla construction site for environmental reasons

“A provisional decision has been taken to suspend the cutting” of trees in the area, the administrative court in Frankfurt on the Oder (East) told . on Tuesday.

Two associations had filed a complaint on Monday against the planned felling of 82.8 hectares of forest by Tesla to expand the site of its electric car factory, which is scheduled to open next year.

They believe that this operation violates German environmental legislation by destroying the habitat of protected species of lizards and snakes.

“A decision on the merits of the case has not yet been taken”, however, specifies the court.

Tesla is targeting an annual production of 500,000 electric vehicles in this “gigafactory”, the first in Europe for the company of Elon Musk.

But the impact of this immense complex on the ecological balance and the water resources of this very forested area worries environmental organizations.

Another complaint from the associations: the American builder still does not have a final building permit, which is subject to several procedures assessing in particular the environmental impact of the project.

The builder was nevertheless authorized by the local authorities to begin work “at his own risk”, pending the final green light.

“Tesla cannot and must not stand above the law,” says Heinz Herwig Mascher, representative of the Grüne Liga association in Brandenburg.

The American giant had already been forced in February to suspend its work of clearing 90 hectares of trees for several days, following a complaint from the same collective of environmentalists. Tesla is subject to many obligations there with regard to the protection of wildlife, in particular ants and birds.

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