German Court Orders Tesla to Stop Cutting Down Trees for Gigafactory

By Paul Riegler on 16 February 2020
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U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla was ordered by a Germany court to stop clearing trees in in a forest near Berlin as it prepared to build a so-called Gigafactory to build cars and batteries in Grünheide.

The ruling by the Oberverwaltungsgericht of Berlin and Brandenburg came after the state Landsat für Umwelt gave the company the green light to clear 227 acres (92 hectares) for the plant, which is currently slated to open in June 2021.

The move follows a complaint filed by the Grüne Liga Brandenburg, a local environmentalist group. The court issued the order it said because it would have taken only three more days to complete the work in the forest.

Politicians say they have been surprised by the strength of opposition to the Gigafactory in Berlin.  Hundreds of demonstrators have protested the threat they say the plant will pose to local wildlife and water supplies.

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