Germany court backs K+S in dispute over discharges from potash mine

09 August 2012 13:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A German administrative court has ruled that K+S can continue injecting liquid residues and saline waters from its Werra potash mine into deep layers of rock, thus allowing the fertilizer firm to continue production at the facility where it employs 4,300 workers, it said on Thursday.

The court ruled against a nearby town and a citizen’s group which, in summary proceedings, had applied for an immediate order for the injections to be stopped because of potential risks to drinking water supplies. 

However, the court upheld a prior regulatory ruling that allows K+S to inject the residues into the rock layers, known as Plattendolomit, until 2015, the Kassel-based company said.

“This is good news for the company, its workers, our customers and the whole region because it means our Werra potash facility will continue to maintain its production,” K+S said.

The company added that the plaintiffs have the opportunity to appeal against the court’s decision. Also, the plaintiffs have brought a related case against the injections that has not yet been decided.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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