Nord Stream: a fourth leak identified in the Baltic Sea
A fourth leak has been identified in the Baltic Sea upstream of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, which have been the target of alleged sabotage, the Swedish Coast Guard told us on Thursday.
“There are two leaks on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side,” an official from the Swedish agency told AFP.
The fourth leak is northeast of the island of Bornholm above the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Coast Guard then specified in a press release.
So far, the Danish and Swedish authorities had reported one leak on the Swedish side and two leaks on the Danish side on these gas pipelines connecting Russia with Germany, which were very likely affected by sabotage with global repercussions.
According to several seismological institutes, two suspicious explosions that occurred on Monday morning and evening are in international waters off the Danish island of Bornholm, but in the respective exclusive economic zones of the two Scandinavian countries.
The Swedish Coast Guard says it has been aware of this new leak since Tuesday but could not immediately specify why it was reported late.
The two leaks on the Swedish side are in the same area at a distance of one nautical mile (1.8 km) and the leak on the Danish side is itself 2.6 miles (4.6 km) apart. .
Sweden had previously reported a leak over Nord Stream 1 northeast of the island of Bornholm. Denmark has confirmed a leak at Nord Stream 2 in the southeast of the island and another in the northeast via Nord Stream 1.
The huge leaks are causing sea bubbles several hundred meters wide on the surface, which authorities say make it impossible to inspect the works immediately.
A Swedish Coast Guard ship specializing in pollutant removal is in the area with a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, as are Danish ships.
“According to the crew, the gas flow visible on the surface is always constant,” writes the agency.
At the time of the events, due to the consequences of the war in Ukraine, the two gas pipelines were still filled with gas for technical reasons.
Denmark says it’s impossible to stop the leaks and the large amounts of methane should continue to escape into the atmosphere until Sunday when the pipes are emptied.
The object of all suspicion over the alleged sabotage of the gas pipelines, Russia, counterattacked the United States on Wednesday and secured a session of the United Nations Security Council. Washington, in turn, denounced a new “disinformation” operation.
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