German state says Hambach forest will not be touched until 2020

FILE PHOTO: People build a barricade in the forest as they protest against German utility and power supplier RWE near Kerpen-Buir some 35 km west of Cologne, Germany, September 23, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and tree houses to stop the clearing of the forest "Hambacher Forst" for a nearby open cast brown coal mining. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German utility RWE has given assurances it will not touch a forest it had hoped to clear for lignite mining until late 2020, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia state said on Wednesday, amid a debate about Germany’s planned exit from coal. “This means that there will not be any felling of trees […]

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