Berlin / Hamburg (dpa) - According to its own information, the German Environmental Aid (DUH) wants to file a lawsuit against the continued construction of the controversial Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 with the Hamburg administrative court on Tuesday.

The lawsuit is to be directed against the approval of the construction work by the responsible Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), as the DUH announced on Tuesday.

Accordingly, climate and environmental arguments would be ignored in the construction of the pipeline.

The BSH had previously rejected objections by the DUH and the Naturschutzbund Deutschland against a building permit from mid-January.

At that time, the authority allowed Nord Stream 2 to continue construction in German waters.

As a result of the contradictions, the approval had meanwhile been suspended.

A lawsuit in court would now revoke the approval again.

Without the permit, Nord Stream 2 could not lay in German waters until the end of May.

It is currently being laid in Danish waters.

Nord Stream 2 is expected to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia to Germany.

According to the project company from the beginning of April, 95 percent of the pipeline has already been laid.


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