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Climate crisis: drilling in the Wadden Sea for gas and oil should be banned

2021-10-13T20:27:02.754Z

In view of the climate crisis, drilling for gas and oil is to be prohibited by law in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. The amended Wadden Sea Act could come into force as early as summer 2022.



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The island of Wangerooge in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park

Photo: Ingo Wagner / dpa

Drilling for oil or gas is to be prohibited by law in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.

A corresponding change in the law of the Wadden Sea Act is to be introduced into the plenary at the beginning of next year, said Lower Saxony's Environment Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) of the German Press Agency on Wednesday in Hanover.

The amendment could then be decided in the coming summer.

“With the new law we will remove the last doubts.

Then it will be clear once and for all: There will be no more drilling for gas or oil in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. ”Anything else would no longer fit in with the times in view of climate change and efforts to achieve a clean, climate-neutral energy supply.

According to the government factions of the SPD and CDU, a Dutch company intends to produce natural gas in the North Sea off the island of Borkum.

For this purpose, a platform is to be built and operated and a new gas transport line is to be built.

According to the information, the planned location is only around 500 meters from German territorial waters and around 20 kilometers from Borkum.

The Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park is part of the Unesco World Natural Heritage.

kim / dpa

Source: spiegel

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