On Monday, Teslarati reported that Tesla has gained approval from the State Office for the Environment to begin the second phase of deforestation needed to continue building out its factory-to-come. The electric vehicle (EV) giant has been approved for a total of 204.6 acres of land to cleared, in order to prepare pipeline and storage systems for the upcoming Gigafactory.
Germany’s State Office for the Environment has stated specific requirements and guidelines for Tesla to follow, in order to attempt to protect land and species currently on the land.
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The factory, located in Brandenburg, Germany outside of Berlin, faced criticism from local residents earlier in the fall for its overuse of resources, though it is not clear how hearings went or if they continued after the initial meeting held in September.
In its earlier deforestation plans, Tesla vowed to plant three trees for every tree removed and to protect wildlife that currently calls the area home – even waiting until a family of bats vacated the final tree before its removal.
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