Deutschen Umwelthilfe v. Stralsund Mining Authority
Jurisdiction: Supreme administrative court of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Side A: Deutschen Umwelthilfe (Ngo)
Side B: Stralsund Mining Authority (Government)
Environmental group challenged natural gas pipeline permit
On July 27, 2020, the German environmental organisation Deutschen Umwelthilfe (DUH) filed an action against the Stralsund Mining Authority in the supreme administrative court of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. According to news reports, DUH seeks reconsideration of the Authority's January 2018 decision to issue a permit for Russian-owned Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. DUH asks the Authority to review the permit in the context of related methane emissions, arguing that a significant upward revision of estimated methane emissions from gas production has occurred since the permit was granted. If the Authority does not agree to reconsider the permit, DUH requests that the German court suspend the permit and refer the case to the European Court of Justice.