Monday 18 October 2021

Germany and the Netherlands bicker over wind and coal

The coast between the Netherlands and Germany is the subject of two cross-border disputes about energy, according to media reports on Thursday.


The Telegraaf focuses on German energy firm EWE’s plan to place the turbines in a part of the North Sea which the Netherlands considers its territory.
The plan involves erecting 30 turbines north of Schiermonnikoog – the last of the Dutch Wadden Sea islands – and the German island of Borkum. The dispute has been going on for a year.
The paper says prime minister Mark Rutte and foreign minister Uri Rosenthal have both raised the issue with their German counterparts. Dutch environmental groups are also opposed to the plan, saying it will disturb the native flora and fauna, especially porpoise.
Coal
Meanwhile, Nos television reports that people living and holidaymaking on Borkum are concerned about the two massive power stations being built at the Eemshaven port at the mouth of the river Eems, which divides the two countries.
‘It is incredible that such things are being built on the edge of a World Heritage site, local primary school chief Johannes Akkermann told Nos.
He and other locals have made a formal complaint to the Council of State about plans to deepen the estuary to allow bigger coal ships to reach the power stations.
‘Borkum is a health resort. We advertise our clean air,’ Akkermann said. ‘But there will be little left when all those ships start sailing through with their dirty smoke, not to mention the dirty air coming out of the Eemshaven power stations.’

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