Germany’s Top Court Backs Brown Coal Mining

  • Date: 20/12/13
  • Reuters

“Brown coal mining secures a sufficiently legal and sustainable public benefit,” Germany’s highest court rules .

Germany’s highest court said the rights of citizens must be respected when it comes to brown coal mining, but stopped short of interfering in an activity that represents one of the most profitable sources of power generation for RWE.

A widely awaited ruling on Tuesday by Germany’s federal constitutional court said that any relocation and compensation for residents near RWE’s Garzweiler mine, which could continue operating up to 2045, should be worked out early, so as to allow citizen’s concerns to be dealt with appropriately.

But brown coal mining itself and the use of domestic raw materials overall was not in question, the court said, adding these matters were up to the government.

“Brown coal mining secures a sufficiently legal and sustainable public benefit,” it said.

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