The permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 in the German economic zone in the Baltic Sea has been suspended, Interfax reports, citing the Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography of Germany (BSH).
The permit, which is valid until the end of May and covers a 16-kilometer section of the pipeline under construction, has expired due to a lawsuit filed in court by environmentalists, a BSH spokesman told the agency. The German Nature Conservation Union (NABU) in April tried to challenge the issued permit directly with the regulator, citing the fact that the pipeline area is allegedly of special importance for nesting birds, and also “destroys habitat on the seabed in an area of more than 16 football fields.”
The Federal Office for Shipping and Hydrography rejected the environmentalists’ claims, after which they went to the Hamburg court.
NABU announced the filing of the claim on Monday, May 3. In mid-April, another environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, filed a similar claim.
Due to the lawsuit, the permit for Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Gazprom, registered in Switzerland, has been temporarily suspended, BSH told Interfax.
“Now the decision will be made by the court. But so far, the building permit is not valid until the end of May, ”said a spokesman for the department.