The German towns Immerath, Pesch and Luetzerath will soon be wiped off the map to allow energy giant RWE to enlarge its huge open-pit lignite mine of Garzweiler in the state of North Rhine-Westfalia. Lignite extracted at Garzweiler directly feeds the RWE power plants. The site of Garzweiler I (in operation since 1983) is being filled in progressively with earth dug out of Garzweiler II, which will measure 48 square kilometres. Some 7,600 people are being moved in all. Of Immeraths 900 inhabitants, about 100 are still waiting to leave. The rest have resettled into Immerath-Neu (New Immerath), which has sprung out of the ground in the same district of Erkelenz, or gone elsewhere. New cemetery, school and kindergarten have been built in New Immerath, however, there is no church to replace the old one, which will be deconsecrated in October 2013.