Save Schwedeneck! Public event on 9 May, 2016

We say “No” to license to drill on the protected coast of Eckernfoerde Bay (Western Baltic Sea)

Public event with Environment Minister Dr. Robert Habeck on 9 May, 2016, at 19.00 on Gut Hohenhain in Schwedeneck

Schwedeneck cliffs

Schwedeneck cliffs – copyright: Linda Maria Koldau

On 9 May, 2016, the action group “Haende weg von Schwedeneck” (“Hands off Schwedeneck”) organizes a public meeting on Gut Hohenhain in Schwedeneck, the coastal community that is in danger of becoming an oil drilling site. The Environment Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Robert Habeck, has expressed his wish to participate in this meeting and “to present the viewpoints of the Environment Department”.

Although bearing the title “Minister for Environment and Sustainable Energy Concepts” in the Northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Habeck has in the past years given numerous permissions to oil drilling companies in order to enable them to drill for oil (that is, fossil-fuel energy) for decades to come – and that in an environment which is protected by German and European law, being geologically highly unstable. Habeck thus exposes large parts of the state of Schleswig-Holstein to long-term pollution and inestimable risks to the purity of the drinking water as well as to the health of the population.

So far, numerous action groups have appealed in vain that Habeck ought to revoke the – partly unlawfully granted – permissions. As to Schwedeneck, Habeck insists on the rightfulness of his decision, although he clearly has violated rules of administration, his promises to cooperate with the local authorities and people, and his ministerial obligation to protect the environment rather than to sacrifice it to the private interest of international oil drilling concerns.

At the public meeting on 9 May, the action group “Hands off Schwedeneck” will publicly ask the questions that Minister Habeck so far has chosen to ignore: Why does he allow search for oil in a region whose nature and animals are protected by German and European law? Where are the missing documents in the official file of the permission process? Why does Habeck call oil drilling a “relatively environment-friendly way of energy extraction”, while his secretary of state, Dr. Ingrid Nestle, has publicly called oil drilling “one of the dirtiest and most deadly forms of energy production”?

Three experts for environment, oil drilling and energy law will discuss Habeck’s highly questionable actions and statements on a panel: chemist and geologist Dr. Reinhard Knof, lawyer and member of the Schleswig-Holstein parliament Dr. Patrick Breyer, and gas production expert Thorben Gruhl. The host of the panel will be Dr. Claudia Bielfeldt, biologist and Chairwoman of the BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) in Schleswig-Holstein.

The meeting starts at 19.00 on Gut Hohenhain in D-24229 Schwedeneck

For further information, please write (in English or German) to: haende-weg-von-schwedeneck@gmx.de

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