Garzweiler II mine

braunkohl-05Otzenrath, Germany

Started in 2000

Planned until 2045

Visited 06 2007

This is the Garzweiler am Rein open cast mine. Already in 1950 they started to excavate the ground for brown coal. In 2000 they started “Garzweiler II”. Until the year 2045 the mine will expand demolishing everything in its way. The towns of Garzweiler, Priesterath, Elfgen in Grevenbroich, Belmen and Königshoven are already gone. In total 12 villages will be demolished, almost 10.000 people have to move for a pit of 48 square kilometres. In the gallery you can find the monstrous machine excavating the ground of the old village Otzenrath.