Activists’ complaint suspends NS2 construction

Construction of one of the last sections of Nord Stream 2 was suspended after the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union filed a complaint with the administrative court in Hamburg. According to environmental activists, the gas pipeline threatens, among others, seabirds.

The complaint concerns a permit to build a gas pipeline in the German Baltic Exclusive Economic Zone, which was issued by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany. The environmental activists first raised their objection within the institution itself. In early April, however, it was dismissed.

According to the agency, the 16-kilometre section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will run along the edge of the migratory bird protection area, not through its center.

In addition to the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, Deutsche Umwelthilfe - a non-profit association dealing with environmental protection, filed a similar complaint in April.

A spokesman for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany announced that such complaints are unlikely to end the finalisation of the construction of the German-Russian gas pipeline, although they would postpone it.