UPDATE: 10 November 2021
It is with great joy and relief that we can announce that the those responsible at Energie AG have reconsidered. Their conclusion: the power station on the Traun at Weißenbach will NOT be built! Our sincere thanks goes to the Chief Executive of Energie AG OÖ, Prof. KR Ing. DDr. Werner Steinecker. He put into practice the democratic principles formulated by the corporation itself and proved that they are not hollow words. It is a weight off the minds of not just the people of Goisern, who feel a connection and love for the natural world in which they live, but of the many supporters of #traunrauschen too.
We applaud this particularly courageous and forward-thinking decision. Not least because we know that it was not an easy decision for the corporation to make.
A big thank you to all those who contributed.
Back in 2016, Energie AG Oberösterreich committed an outrageous ecological sin against the river Traun in Goisern, in the form of a hydroelectric power plant: a concrete thrombosis that is now clogging the lifeline of the Salzkammergut.
Now, 2.5km downstream, another dam wall is to be erected. In order to achieve the necessary drop height, the river has to be dammed for well over a kilometre and contained in a basin within dam walls built metres high. A long stretch of the riverbed below the power station must also be excavated and lowered.
Once again, established biospheres are threatened with obliteration. This will mean the destruction of the habitats of numerous water birds, reptiles and fish, as well as beloved safe havens and swimming sites.
In a statement from 16 December 2020, the Upper Austrian Ministry of Environment and Water Management writes:
"... From the point of view of water and landscape ecology, the project [represents] a massive deterioration, which in its present form can neither be justified as suitable for contemporary demands, nor in terms of climate protection or other public interests.
Since the ecological costs and energy use are not balanced with one another, from the perspective of the Upper Austrian Environmental Ombuds offices for Environmental Protection, the project is not eligible in its current form."
The reaction from operating company Energie AG Oberösterreich to the resistance from citizens, who are demanding that the project be discontinued on the basis of this information:
"Don't worry! We'll break through any resistance and force this project through!" 🤮
On the contrary, Energie AG, we are worried – for the natural world and for Goisern – and your presumptuous tone gives us all the more reason to be!
A river must flow.
The Traun must be heard.
Hubert von Goisern
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