Strasbourg: the geothermal power plant project definitely buried after the earthquakes

Strasbourg: the geothermal power plant project definitely buried after the earthquakes

North of Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin), the geothermal power plant project is definitively stopped, the prefecture decided on Monday, December 7. Since the end of October, the work had caused repeated earthquakes.

Strasbourg: the geothermal power plant project definitively buried after the earthquakes

Five days after the last earthquake, which occurred on Friday December 4, the time has come for relief in La Wantzenau, north of Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin). The geothermal power station, which caused the tremors, will be shut down for good. The decision was taken by the prefecture on Monday, December 7. The latter puts forward the precautionary principle, the very one that had pushed the mayor of La Wantzenau, Michèle Kannengieser,to oppose the plant. “The flaw that was used is unreliable. We do not want to serve as a guinea pig on deep geothermal energy“, She confirms.

Fonroche will cover the damage suffered

In less than two months, 13 earthquakes shook Strasbourg, causing damage to Alsatian houses. As of Friday, the Fonroche company, which operated the site, indicated that it would take charge of the damage suffered if they are linked to the earthquakes and announced Tuesday, December 8 to take note of the decision to shut down the plant.