Fossil fuel corporation sues Dutch government
Fossil fuel corporation sues Dutch government
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As the government of the Netherlands plans to end coal-based electricity, the German RWE corporation seeks to obtain compensation based on the controversial Energy Charter Treaty signed in 1994.

"This is not the first time a fossil fuel company tries to get tax payers to pick up the bill for bad business decisions and it won’t be the last if we fail to act," reacted the director of Climate Action Network Europe, Wendel Trio.

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Hambacher Forst: Continued police operations
Hambach Forest Barricade
Hambach Forest Barricade Credit: Infoletta Hambach (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Activists in the Hambacher Forst, an ancient forest located in western Germany, again kept the police busy last weekend. The RWE security service informed the police five times after they found nail boards hidden under leaves on access roads. In addition, fire was lit and garbage set on fire.

Climate & Environment
Hambacher Forst: Police handed over GPS data and photos to RWE

In 2018, the Ministry of the Interior passed on a roughly 77-page document to the energy group RWE, which is contained a detailed list of tree houses and GPS data. The supposed reason to hand over the documents was to enable RWE to file conclusive eviction suits against the protesters.