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Garzweiler opencast mine: Wind turbines must make way for lignite mining

WDR 5|October 22, 2022
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At the Garzweiler opencast mine, eight wind turbines will be decommissioned to make way for lignite coal mining. This action has been confirmed by operator RWE. The first wind turbine was taken down on Friday.


At the Garzweiler opencast mine, eight wind turbines will be decommissioned to make way for lignite coal mining. This action has been confirmed by operator RWE.

The first wind turbine was taken down on Friday. The rest are to follow in 2023. The L12, which connects Holzweiler with Keyenberg, will also be demolished.

The action alliance "All Villages Remain" objected to the action calling it a backwards move in the fight for climate protection. "The fact that wind turbines are being demolished in the middle of the climate and energy crisis to expand a surface coal mine cannot be surpassed in terms of absurdity," says a spokeswoman.

According to RWE, the wind turbines have been in operation for over 20 years. Even when they were built, it was clear that one day they would have to give way to brown coal. RWE stated that it has been clear for decades that the affected area will be excavated. An RWE spokesman says: The mining field has been approved since 1998. That's why it was already clear that the wind turbines built in 2001 would have to go one day.

Translation into English assisted by Google Translate


Source:https://www1.wdr.de/nachricht…

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