Planning and approval process
The planning approval procedure is still ongoing. Its conclusion is expected in the course of 2013. For a smaller plan adjustment in the Eberswalde area as well as for smaller modifications to the line route of the planned FGL 304 gas pipeline - a follow-up measure of the Uckermark line - additional participation procedures are currently being performed. Furthermore, additional research on species protection and on the affected bird reserves was carried out in 2011 and 2012. These studies are now being assessed with the cooperation of the competent nature conservation authorities and nature conservation organisations.
At the scoping deadline (i.e. the agreement on the scope of the assessment) of January 2008, preparations were made for the planning approval procedure at the State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials in Cottbus. In the same year, nature conservation studies were performed. One such study investigated whether bird, bat and amphibian populations would be affected by the construction project. The forest vegetation was also studied. In 2009, these studies were followed by the second environmental impact assessment, the accompanying landscape conservation plan and the FFH (Flora Fauna Habitat) compatibility study as well as the sound level analysis report on possible noise pollution. In June 2009, all documents were submitted for the planning approval procedure, which started in June 2010. In the course of August/September 2010, all these documents were available for consultation in the municipalities concerned.
In order to find a suitable corridor for the Uckermark line, a regional planning procedure preceded the plan approval procedure. This began with a project conference in 2006 at which the authorities and the public received information on the route options and the drawbacks were discussed. The first surveys were also carried out in this period, to test whether the line route can avoid unnecessary electric and magnetic fields. In late 2007, the spatial planning procedure was concluded with the regional development assessment by the Joint Berlin-Brandenburg Planning Department.