Elon Musk’s first electric automotive facility in Europe is facing legal disruptions, which might set the project back by many months following the court’s order that stopped work on clearing forest for the new Tesla plant near Berlin, whereas considering a challenge by environmentalists.
An injunction for a temporary order against further logging was issued by the Berlin-Brandenburg higher administrative court, overturning a ruling by the lower court, which rejected an appeal from Gruene League Brandenburg, an environmental group. In the days to come, the court mentioned the complaint would finally receive judgment.
On Twitter, Joerg Steinbach, minister for the economy of Brandenburg, said that Tesla and the administration of Brandenburg, the facility’s location, would have no more than up to mid-day on Tuesday to reply to the court and would fulfill that deadline. He added that they would have to “depend on the relative decision” from the court.
If Tesla does not cut off all trees before mid-March, the building might be postponed for six to nine months as the period is a wildlife breeding season, local officials advised.
They have continued to argue that the location is a “lesser” pine forest, primarily planted for the harvest of trees. A call to comment was not answered immediately by Gruene Liga Brandenburg.
Tesla’s high-profile plan to have the facility in operation by mid-2021 continues to face threats from the injunction.
If the German red tape is cleared up, up to 500,000 cars a year can churn out on the site, with 12,000 employees getting jobs. Volkswagen and Daimler, as well as BMW, face severe challenges due to this bureaucracy.
Mr. Musk recently attempted to alleviate local concerns about the use of water by the plant bordering a nature reserve.
Mr. Musk wrote last month on Twitter, adding that Tesla would plant three new trees for every single tree cut. The plant would have a design with “sustainability and the environment in mind.”
Employees have already cut out around 150 football fields of forests and taken away most of the misguided ammunition of the Second World War found in the regions. Last week the logging began after Tesla received the preliminary approval to start work from Brandenburg’s environment ministry.
In the environmental requirements of the project, wolves, bats, serpents and lizards are removed or scared off until completion of the construction. In the tiny town of Gruenheide, the project has to consider the reproduction period for local wildlife in the spring, as per German regulations.