Baltic pipeline assessment gets underway

Green group calls for oversight to ensure international EIA "sets a positive example"

Preparations have begun for an international environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a major gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea.  The project will carry gas from Russia to Germany, passing through Finnish, Swedish and Danish waters.  It has aroused political and environmental controversy (EED 30/08/06).  Operator Nord Stream is carrying out an EIA under the UN Espoo convention on EIAs for projects with transboundary implications.  On Thursday, green group WWF Finland called for the Baltic protection commission Helcom to ensure the EIA is carried out properly.  See Nord Stream and WWF Finland press release.

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