German Judge: Environmentalist Elon Musk Can Chop Down Forest to Build Tesla Factory

Clearing forest land for Tesla’s German “Gigafactory” is back underway after an environmental challenge to its construction was thrown out of court. The company claims it will plant trees elsewhere in the country to offset the forest it clears to build a manufacturing facility.

Business Insider reports that an environmental challenge to the construction of Tesla’s new “Gigafactory” in Germany has been thrown out of court giving the firm the go-ahead to continue the clearing of forest land outside the town of Grünheide just east of Berlin.

Breitbart News previously reported that Tesla was ordered by a German court to stop cutting down trees in a forest near the capital of Berlin to make room for its first European “Gigafactory.” The electric vehicle maker announced plans last November to build a factory in Gruenheide, located in the eastern state of Brandenburg.
The area to be prepared for the plant is 92 hectares (1 hectare = 2.471 square miles)