Ongoing work in the waters of Germany’s exclusive economic zone has been suspended following a lawsuit filed by the non-governmental organization Nature Conservation Union (NABU), which lasts until the end of the month, reported the TASS news agency.
NABU reported on Monday that it has filed a complaint with the Hamburg Administrative Court against a construction permit for the pipeline issued in January this year.
Another environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), made a similar complaint to it on April 13, despite previous assurances from German regulator BSH that laying the pipelines does not pose a threat to marine life.
The Nord Stream 2 project includes the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the end of April that there were “ many signs of political speculation ” on Nord Stream, although it was, he warned, “ a purely economic which has nothing to do with the current political situation. ”
The project doubles the capacity of the current gas pipeline, in service since 2012, and was designed to diversify Russian gas supply routes to Europe and, above all, to ensure European energy security.
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