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Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49) overlooks the Hambach mine where two brothers of her work.

Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49) overlooks the Hambach mine where two brothers of her work.

“Of course I don’t like every aspect of it, especially concerning the environment, but they do something about it with their recultivation and in a wider sense the mine ensures a lot of jobs. I’m not against it… To the contrary, my brothers also work in the mine.” - Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49), relative of RWE-employees.

Mining is deeply rooted in the rhenish-basin and the more northern Ruhrpott, a vast agglomeration of industrial cities which began flourishing in the early 19th century due to extensive underground stone coal mining. Being a major industrial hub, the Ruhr area quickly became the largest metropolitan area in Germany. For many locals, working for RWE, respectively its predecessor Rheinbraun thus has a long tradition, as Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49) whose two brothers are employed in the mining business explains.

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Hambach - lignite mining in NRW
Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49) overlooks the Hambach mine where two brothers of her work.<br />
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“Of course I don’t like every aspect of it, especially concerning the environment, but they do something about it with their recultivation and in a wider sense the mine ensures a lot of jobs. I’m not against it… To the contrary, my brothers also work in the mine.” - Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49), relative of RWE-employees.<br />
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Mining is deeply rooted in the rhenish-basin and the more northern Ruhrpott, a vast agglomeration of industrial cities which began flourishing in the early 19th century due to extensive underground stone coal mining. Being a major industrial hub, the Ruhr area quickly became the largest metropolitan area in Germany. For many locals, working for RWE, respectively its predecessor Rheinbraun thus has a long tradition, as Sabine Seeger-Hoff (49) whose two brothers are employed in the mining business explains.