M.ith a parliamentary question to the state government, the Hessian FDP wants to investigate the suspicion of political influence on the appeal process for the wind turbines planned on the Taunus ridge. “The two green ministers Tarek Al-Wazir and Priska Hinz are increasingly finding it difficult to explain,” says parliamentary group leader René Rock.
He is responding to an assessment by the renowned Wiesbaden lawyer for white collar crime, Alfred Dierlamm. This shows that those responsible in the ministries for the economy and the environment could have committed a criminal offense under certain circumstances (FAZ of September 3). “That would make the scandal even bigger,” says Rock. As reported, the regional council had rejected the building application of the Wiesbaden utility company ESWE for reasons of monument, species and drinking water protection. On the other hand, the company sued with success.
The basis of the green energy transition
The fact that the Wiesbaden Administrative Court did not accept the obstacles put forward by the regional council was in line with the goal of the green politicians to force the expansion of wind power. But the judgment annulled the part of the regional plan that concerns renewable energies. It is the basis of the green energy transition. That is why the Ministry of Economic Affairs decided to appeal to the Hessian Administrative Court.
Their justification is limited exclusively to the defense of the partial plan. The reasons for rejection by the regional council are no longer mentioned. Rock notes that the ministries have even publicly admitted that they “asked” for it, or issued a corresponding instruction. In doing so, they would have ensured that the chances of success of the appeal procedure would have deteriorated significantly.
34 million euros are in the room
Because relevant reasons and evidence would no longer be presented, although the specialist authorities and the lawyers commissioned by the state would have considered them to be correct and necessary. As a result, Hessian taxpayers were threatened with avoidable court and litigation costs. “Furthermore, it is to be feared that ESWE Taunuswind GmbH will sue the state of Hesse for compensation. There are no less than 34 million euros in the room, ”said Rock.
The request to the state government asked about the instructions issued, but also about the material and personnel expenses that would arise in connection with the administrative dispute proceedings. Al-Wazir and Hinz are responsible, according to Rock. “You have to clarify and dispel the suspicion of criminal liability.” Transparency also means that the Environment Minister grant the parliamentary groups access to an opinion on aspects of water law. “It cannot be that Ms. Hinz wants to argue in her favor with this report, but keeps the paper under lock and key.”