Environmental group ClientEarth files second complaint to block Nord Stream 2
STOCKHOLM, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Environmental campaign group
ClientEarth has filed a complaint with a court in Sweden to
block the construction through Swedish waters of the Nord Stream
2 gas pipeline intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, it
said on Wednesday.
Sweden approved the pipeline in June, but ClientEarth's
complaint argues that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and
Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have
on wildlife in the Baltic Sea.
The work involves detonating World War Two bombs on the sea
floor along the project's 510 km route in Sweden and ClientEarth
said that could cause serious harm to marine mammals, including
protected harbour porpoises.
Gazprom-owned Nord Stream 2 AG spokesman Lars
Grönstedt said that as project operator it had already addressed
concerns raised by the Environmental Protection Agency by
conducting additional tests on marine life during the
"The fact that we... responded to further questions from the
Ministry regarding this very issue and... (got clearance) means
that we feel that we've already conducted an enormous amount of
environmental analysis," he said.
He added that the impact on the cost of and timeline for the
project was impossible to say, especially if the court ordered a
The Swedish Government Offices and the Supreme
Administrative Court did not immediately comment on the matter.
Russia is keen to press ahead with the project since it has
the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to
Germany by bypassing Ukraine, but the United States has
threatened sanctions against the project.
Last week, Swedish politicians said they would like the
project to be halted as it would have negative environmental and
security ramifications. https://t.sr.se/2MleiHz
However, the 9.5 billion euro pipeline has been officially
cleared by Sweden as well as Finland, Germany and Russia.
Denmark has expressed some reservations.
The group had also filed a complaint in Finland in May, but
the spokeswoman said there was no indication as to when a
decision for that case would be announced.
(Reporting by Esha Vaish in Stockholm and Sabrina Zawadzki,
editing by Louise Heavens)
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