Greens faction deputy Oliver Krischer accused the energy company RWE of wanting to encircle the Hambacher Forest through its lignite mine. "RWE doesn't want the Hambacher Forest anymore, but dredge everything around it," wrote Krischer on Twitter. The villages of Morschenich and Manheim would also be destroyed.
Krischer substantiated his allegations with a card that apparently comes from the Aachener Zeitung . Under the heading "Planned progress in the Hambach open-cast mine", the forest, the conservationists have been fighting to preserve for years, is depicted as a peninsula in the middle of the open-cast mine, which would only be connected to the area not affected by the excavation by a narrow connection to the southwest , So far, RWE has dug the area north-west of the forest, and the locations of Manheim and Morschenich that are now intended for excavation are located east and south of the forest. As late as Friday afternoon, the Federal Ministry of Economics had tweeted that "no villages would be destroyed".
The planned approach, according to Krischer, is justified by RWE with the fact that overburden is needed to partially backfill the hole created by the open-cast mine. "Only people who are deeply involved in coal logic can come up with such an idea," wrote the Green Party politician.
While environmental groups and the Greens had criticized the Federal Government's plans for the coal phase-out announced by Thursday at the latest by 2038 as far too hesitant, the preservation of the Hambach forest has so far been considered a success of the environmental movement. However, experts have long pointed out that the forest is likely to die anyway due to a lack of water if the opencast mine approaches it even more.
Police investigate for dangerous bodily harm
Meanwhile, an incident occurred in the Hambacher Forest, in which RWE employees were attacked. The police investigated, among other things, for dangerous bodily harm, breach of the peace and violation of the weapons law. The Aachen police said on Friday.
The employees reported to the police that hooded people had attacked the Hambacher Forest. Two employees of the energy company were injured by throwing stones. One of the men had to be treated in the hospital. The perpetrators are also said to have thrown Molotov cocktails, but they did no harm. Afterwards, the hooded people fled back to the forest, which borders the Hambach lignite mine.