Several associations see the water supply in the region around the Tesla factory in Grünheide near Berlin in great danger due to a legal dispute. The Frankfurt (Oder) administrative court is expecting a decision soon in the proceedings for a permit to pump drinking water from the Eggersdorf waterworks, which is also supposed to supply water for Tesla. “The chamber intends to terminate this process promptly,” said a spokesman on Tuesday. That will possibly be in February. The ZDF reports in its program “Frontal” on Tuesday (9 pm) about the water dispute in the region.
The Green League and the Naturschutzbund (Nabu) Brandenburg had sued the State Office for the Environment. In their opinion, the necessary tests for the approval of water funding for 2020 for the waterworks east of Berlin are not available. In addition, despite an increased amount of water in the meantime, the public was not involved again. On Tuesday, Nabu and the Green League announced that important basics were missing to be able to assess whether the increase in water abstraction would be sustainable.
Tesla has reduced water consumption
The Strausberg-Erkner water association, which is contracted to supply Tesla, doubts a guarantee of the water supply and is concerned about the ongoing legal proceedings. If the water law approval is revoked by the administrative court, the sufficient supply of drinking water to Tesla is no longer guaranteed, said the association’s chairman André Bähler, according to the ZDF report.
Tesla originally wanted to start production at its first car factory in Europe last summer. The decision on the final approval by the state of Brandenburg has not yet been made, among other things because Tesla had added a battery factory to the building application. So far, Tesla has been building through early approvals. The company had reduced the planned water consumption through saving measures and emphasized that the value per vehicle was below the industry average. Part of the factory premises is located in a drinking water protection area. (dpa / swi)
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