American automaker Tesla must stop clearing pine forests for its Brandenburg plant, the Frankfurt an der Oder administrative court says, submits the Tagesspiegel edition. </p >
The construction of the Gigafactory near Berlin has been stopped following a complaint from environmental organizations Brandenburg Conservation Union and the Green League, which had previously filed a lawsuit against the clearing of an additional 82.9 hectares of pine forest, announced by Tesla and recently approved by the German State Environmental Agency.
Since it can be assumed that the clearing of 82.9 hectares of forest will take only a few days, further waiting for this decision will practically lead to the settlement of the existing legal dispute, ”the court's reasoning says.
From Tesla's point of view, the still-existing pine forest area is needed to create a sewer line for the factory and storage facilities. Environmental associations do not consider this to be justified and criticize the fact that clearance is also carried out with prior authorization - before the actual approval process is completed.
Berlin Gigafactory plans to start production of Tesla electric vehicles from July 2021. The construction schedule is very tight.