Electric vehicle giant Tesla is taking a big risk in the construction of Giga Berlin as the state of Brandenburg has not yet given Tesla the full environmental approval for Giga Berlin.
Germany has received over 370 objections to the Giga Berlin project so far. The Strausberg-Erkner water association had warned earlier that there might not be enough drinking water available for the further expansion of Giga Berlin.
Conservationist Julia Neigel, a popular singer in Germany, who has written five petitions in the project “Initiative Against Gigafactory Grünheide”, fears consequences for drinking water.
She fears rainwater will no longer be able to seep away and drinking water will not get in.
She also argues that the saltwater, which is stored there at depth, could rise, and could have negative consequences for the drinking water. The region is already suffering from water shortages. Neigel calls for an investigation committee in the state parliament. According to Neigel, who is a prominent voice against the idea of Giga Berlin, the factory location is partly in the drinking water protected area.
Tesla’s first construction application didn’t include reinforced concretes, but that has since changed in a modified version that was published in July.
According to Tesla in the modified version: “In some areas (press shop and foundry), the foundations are laid using reinforced concretes to be able to transfer the loads accordingly into the ground.” Tesla wrote.
The government of Brandenburg has promised to look into the matter, like they have always done, and promise to publicize every find for everyone to see. The state government has so far been proven to be as transparent as possible.
Furthermore, Tesla representatives say that pillars are a common and normal process – especially here in the region. Pillars are also common for drinking water protection areas. Some norms and regulations stipulate the safe use and installation of pillars. The planned steps would also have to be approved by the authorities.