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Environmental protection organisation: Gas production in the North Sea: Greenpeace occupies drilling platform

Environmental protection organisation: Gas production in the North Sea: Greenpeace occupies drilling platform

Greenpeace activists protested against planned natural gas extraction in the Wadden Sea. Part of the protest: a drilling platform.

The environmental protection organization Greenpeace is protesting against the planned natural gas extraction in the North Sea with rubber dinghies off the Wadden Sea islands of Schiermonnikoog and Borkum. Five demonstrators climbed onto the drilling platform about 20 kilometers north of the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog and “tied themselves” to the supports, Greenpeace announced on Tuesday.

According to Greenpeace, German and Dutch environmental activists are taking part in the action. They are protesting against the planned natural gas extraction by the Dutch company One-Dyas.

Last week, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs cleared the way for natural gas extraction in the North Sea. The environmental permit was changed following a court ruling. In April, an administrative court in The Hague partially ruled in favor of plaintiffs against the drilling and confirmed a halt to construction on the drilling platform. The deficiencies identified by the court were then remedied in the new permit. Environmental organizations from both countries and the island of Borkum now want to file another lawsuit against the drilling near the Wadden Sea nature reserve.

The company One-Dyas plans to produce natural gas off the two North Sea islands this year. For this purpose, a production platform has been built in Dutch territory.

Source: Stern

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