Fears of sabotage as gas pours into Baltic from Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
“…British sources said they believed it may not be possible to determine what occurred with certainty…”
Paraphrase as “…They will never know it was us…”
Fears of sabotage as gas pours into Baltic from Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines
Seismologists detect spikes in undersea activity, possibly indicating explosions, amid three simultaneous leaks
Gas is pouring into the Baltic Sea from three separate leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines amid claims by seismologists in Sweden and Denmark of two sharp spikes in undersea activity, possibly indicating explosions, and speculation about sabotage.
A seismograph on the Danish island of Bornholm, near where the leaks occurred, twice recorded spikes on Monday, the day on which the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines underwent dramatic falls in pressure, the German geological research centre GFZ said.
“There are some indications that it is deliberate damage. You have to ask: Who would profit?” one European security source told Reuters.
Nord Stream AG, the pipeline operator, had on Monday morning reported an unexpected overnight drop of pressure from 105 to 7 bar in Nord Stream 2, which is filled with gas but was cancelled by Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A further drop of pressure was reported on Monday afternoon in Nord Stream 1, which Russia shut down indefinitely at the start of September, initially saying it needed repairs.
Environmental NGOs said the leaks were likely to cause large-scale damage to the environment. “As soon as methane in gas form raises from the surface of the sea into the atmosphere, it will massively contribute to the greenhouse effect,” said Sascha Müller-Kraenner of the pressure group Environmental Action Germany.