Environmentalists have criticized Poland’s Climate & Environment Minister Ms. Anna Moskwa decision to extend mining until 2044 decision, saying that allowing further extraction of lignite from the mine situated close to the Czech and German borders, saying is based on a faulty environmental impact assessment, reports ExpatsThey say Poland put more emphasis on attractive jobs and improvement in macroeconomic indicators, and assessed the influence of the mine on Czechia’s water as negligible. Municipalities on the Czech side of the border lose groundwater due to the mine.Environmental NGOs have been reportedly been informed that they can file an official complaint about the decision, says Czech Environment Ministry spokeswoman Ms. Lucie Ješátková.The Turów coal mine or KWB Turów is a large open pit mine in the southwest of Poland, located outside Bogatynia, Lower Silesia. It feeds the nearby Turów Power Station. The mine is scheduled to be shut down by 2044 when its coal reserves are expected to be depleted.The Turów coal mine has a significant impact on surrounding areas and their ground and surface waters. An analysis of hydrologist Sylwester Kraśnicki predicts devastating effects on local rivers, including droughts, water shortage, and continued degradation of chemical compositions of the Lusatian Neisse river, among others. Water shortage already causes the surrounding nature to die, while some villages lost access to running water and have to rely on firefighters to deliver water tanks.