1.6 GW coal power plant stalls in Poland

What would have been Europe’s largest new coal-fired power installation has suffered a severe setback with the news that Polish courts have revoked a permit for the plant.

The Pomeranian court’s ruling was upheld by the court in Gdansk, denying the Polnoc coal-fired project the means to go ahead, following accusations that due process had not been followed. According to the ruling, the authority, Starosta Tczewski (Starosta), hindered citizens’ participation in the legal proceedings.
Court hammer
The court also agreed with the governor’s opinion that Starosta accepted data and evidence from Polenergia, the investor hoping to build the power plant, without question – and gave less weight to evidence from the local community and NGOs.

In effect, it means the project is back to the same status it held in 2011.

Malgorzata Smolak, lawyer for ClientEarth Poland, said: “The court’s ruling affirms that local communities must have a say in such projects. Along with local residents, we raised objections to this investment, but they had been ignored.”

Polenergia may decide to appeal – but the court’s decision puts the investment into question.

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