Operators are subject to court: Brandenburger Helenesee remains closed – Berlin

The Helenesee near Frankfurt (Oder) remains closed. This was decided by the administrative court and rejected an urgent application (VG 5 L 237/21) from the operator and two operating companies.

In its reasoning, the court took into account two existing reports from April and July of this year, in which it was assumed that there was a specific and present danger to “life and physical integrity” of potential visitors to the popular bathing water.

The current soil mechanical properties of the shore and shallow water areas of the Helenesees do not meet the requirements for safe use of the lake, the court said on Thursday.

The operators can lodge a complaint against the decision with the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg and thus go to the next instance.

The State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials Brandenburg (LBGR) ordered the closure of the bank areas of the former opencast mine over a total length of 1350 meters after massive landslides had been detected on the east bank. Operators and operating companies had lodged an objection against this.

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The Frankfurt entrepreneur Daniel Grabow, who among other things runs Helenesee AG and a campsite, speaks of a huge financial loss and proven damage of one million euros in sales.

Refurbishment could cost 40 to 60 million euros

According to the State Mining Office, the remediation of the lake must first be clarified. It is estimated that this could cost 40 to 60 million euros.

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According to Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD), it still has to be clarified who is responsible for the renovation and who is financially responsible. Compensation for the affected entrepreneurs at the Helenesee could not be initiated for that long either.

The water body, which is up to 60 meters deep, was operated as an open-cast mine from 1943 to 1958. After that, according to the LBGR, the opencast mine was abandoned as uneconomical and ran full of groundwater until around 1970.

Slope slides and partial closures had occurred time and again at Helenesee over the years. The south bank was closed in 2010. (dpa)

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