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Published:September 20th, 2007 06:14 EST
Estonia says No to Nord Stream

Estonia says No to Nord Stream

By SOP newswire

The Estonian government has resolved not to let pipeline operator Nord Stream carry out environmental research in Estonia’s territorial waters. The research is needed to assess the ecological consequences of pipeline construction.

Nord Stream is a gas pipeline to link Russia and the European Union via the Baltic Sea. Its building is meant to begin in 2010.

The idea behind the project is to ensure a stable supply of Russian gas to Europe by creating an additional route that would not involve any transit countries. The pipeline would carry up to 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year, and the original plan was that it would go through Russia, Finland Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

A 51% stake of Nord Stream company is owned by the Russian gas giant Gazprom, and the rest - by two major German gas companies, Wintershall and E.On Ruhrgas.

Then Finland expressed some environmental concerns and appealed asking if it was possible to explore the Estonian waters and seabed for those purposes.

Today the Estonian parliament declared they will not let the research happen. Their position is that the Nord Stream pipeline would threaten the country’s sovereignty.

Estonia and Russia have a record of disputes in the recent years, including territorial claims by Estonia, the situation with Russian speaking residents of the country, and the cyber attacks on Estonian websites after the relocation of the Bronze Soldier war memorial in April this year, which the Estonians claim was orchestrated by Kremlin , to name a few.

Now Nord Stream may try to appeal to Finland again, as it is a part of the original group, or to the Estonian government – once more.

Russia Today


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