According to the press service, the high court of Germany said that the group had failed to provide sufficient evidence of the lower court violating German law when it ruled to reject the environmentalists' bid.
However, the court specified that the lower court had ruled "without closer examination of the facts and the law, on the sole basis of an impact assessment." The environmentalists should have clarified which clauses of the lower court's decision were inconsistent with the law.
"[The claimant] did not do so," the court said, referring to the environmentalists' lack of clarification.
According to Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the pipeline project, approval for the construction was issued by the Stralsund Mining Authority in accordance with the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).
The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction of two gas pipelines that will run from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to a hub in Germany. It is a joint venture of Russian energy giant Gazprom, French Engie, Austrian OMV AG, UK-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, and German Uniper and Wintershall.