Recap of the recent legal setbacks, and what comes now !

This article is freely inspired by the one published on vmc.camp on 1st march

Recap of a week full of legal setbacks for the Andra : trial of Sven & the occupation, trial on the exchange of the wood…It seems the agency is entangled in the legal puzzle. If this pressure is maintained on the field, it could delay seriously the project.

On the 28th February, the administrative court of Nancy prove the inhabitants of Mandres right, by cancelling, because of a procedural defect, the ruling of 2nd July 2015, when the citycouncil authorized the exchange of the Bois Lejuc against another nearby. One and a half year of mobilisations on the wood strongly reinforced the struggle.

The city council now has 4 months to regularize it, meaning make another deliberation and a new decision on the wood exchange. The background has evolved, tongues are loosening, the inhabitants get involved, new people are settling in the village, the mobilisation is getting bigger and bigger… The time of meetings in camera in a townhall kept by security is over. The Andra can no longer demand that a handful of town councilors take a 100 000 years decision for their village at 6am.

The day before, on 27th February, on the appeal about the 1st August decision canceling the clearing authorisation, the environmental agency suspended its previous decision authorizing forest clearing and drillings without preliminary studies. The final decision will be known on 22th May. The Andra still doesn’t have the order to make clearings, and may have to start again from the beginning, with new laws making it harder for them.

On the 22th February, the court delayed its decision on Sven Lindstroem’s eviction to the 5th April, and ask him to meet the court president on the 29th march.

The nuclear dump project had never been so challenged on the field and in the courts. But nothing is done yet, the agency is still the owner of the wood. Above all, the members of the city council of Mandres-en-Barrois could take another decision authorizing the exchange, they are strongly influenced by the nuclear lobby, because of family members jobs or hunt & agricultural leases. The Andra can keep moving on all the other fields, in order to drop its request authorizing the creation of the project in 2018, even if their calendar is challenged.

So, we have a lot to do :

  1. We can not allow the 4 municipal councillors entangled in conflicts of interest to vote. Not mentioning the mayor, now named “CIGEO representative” at the local federation of municipalities.
  2. We have to prevent the Andra for any move or work, in the wood and everywhere else. We make a call to environmental and naturalist associations quietly approached by the agency in order to participate in the global impact study, to stand up and publicly take position against the project in all its forms, including first phases and “environmental characterization”, and to refuse to collaborate with it.
  3. With the delay concerning the eviction of the wood, it is an opportunity to strengthen the occupation, agricultural projects, and everything that make tens of people thinking long-term here.

See you soon, we’ll set up soon new dates for a spring of resistances !