The potentially devastating gas leaks found in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines this week are believed to be caused by deliberate sabotage.
Industry experts and governments alike say that the gas leaks are deliberate acts, though as of yet there is no indication as to who is behind them.
Bjorn Lund of the Swedish National Seismic Network claimed that the leaks followed explosions in the area. One of the tremors was measured as a 2.3 magnitude earthquake.
One of the leaks is in Danish waters, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen flatly declared them to be acts of sabotage. He added, however, that there is “no information indicating who could be behind it.”
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen concurred with Frederiksen that the leaks are due to sabotage and said that an investigation is forthcoming.
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On Wednesday, the European Union pledged a “robust” response to intentional disruptions of the continent’s energy supply. The subsea Russian pipelines are key to deliveries of gas for the long and cold European winters.
The EU and Russian spent billions constructing the pipelines, but Russia has severely limited gas deliveries to Europe over sanctions brought on by its invasion of Ukraine. Russia also agrees that sabotage is a “possibility” in the leaks.
The EU has not suggested a motive or named a suspected player in the case. The United Nations Security Council is expected to convene shortly, at Russia’s request, to discuss the damage from the leaks.
Russia said this week that any attacks on the pipelines damages both its and Europe’s energy security. This observation comes even as the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines have been a focal point of tensions between the continent and Russia.
Also, several European leaders have expressed concerns over civil unrest as energy prices continue to climb ahead of the winter months.
Environmental concerns are another worry as the Swedish Coast Guard said that gas is still pouring from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The pipes are now cut off, and the rest of the gas is expected to be into the sea by Sunday.