German energy executive severely injured in acid attack

Posted: March 5, 2018 by oldbrew in Energy, Idiots, Legal, News

Hambach surface mine, Germany [image credit: Wikipedia]

Looks like a case of protest gone mad over Europe’s largest surface coal mining operation.

The finance chief of an RWE renewable energy subsidiary was struck by unknown assailants as he crossed a park near Düsseldorf, reports Police said they were investigating “in every direction”.
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A German energy executive has been badly injured in an acid attack, his company confirmed early Monday. Bernhard Günther, the CFO of energy giant RWE’s green subsidiary, Innogy, was struck as he crossed a park in Haan, a well-to-do suburb of Düsseldorf on Sunday.

“We are deeply shocked,” said Innogy chairman Uwe Tiggs. “Our thoughts are with Bernhard and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Two unknown perpetrators poured acid over the 51-year-old’s face before fleeing the scene on foot, according to a statement Günter made to police.

The victim staggered home to get help and was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition is now believed to be stable.

Düsseldorf police said they were investigating “in every direction,” but that they had no current leads to the motive.

Initial speculation

According to popular German daily Bild, investigators were probing whether the attack on the 51-year-old executive had anything to do with the ongoing fight between environmentalists and RWE over a forest between the western cities of Cologne and Aachen.

Hambach Forest, which is over 12,000 years old, is extremely rich in biodiversity compared to other forests in Germany. However, due to development, only ten percent of the original forest remains. Since 2012, RWE and environmentalists have been in conflict over the company’s open-pit lignite mine on the site, which at 33 square miles is the largest in Europe.

Over the years, environmentalists have staged a series of occupations in the forest to try and stop mining company vehicles from entering the woods.

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  1. stpaulchuck says:

    It makes one think of the Religion of Peace. But then again, what better way to throw a red herring? (pardon the pun)

  2. oldbrew says:

    Some background perhaps…

    Environmental groups hit back as German coal companies try to sue EU

    German coal companies recently filed a lawsuit against the European Commission to overturn stricter emission rules. Now, environmental organizations have applied to join the case to defend air pollution standards.
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    Date: 06/03/18

    Unlikely, but it might slow down.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Political motives suspected as Innogy CFO seriously injured in acid attack

    This was not the first attack on Günther, according to the authorities. The 51-year-old was also assaulted and beaten up several years ago. The police were now probing to see if the two incidents were linked, Germany’s DPA news agency reported.