PM Warns Against Gas Pipeline
Prime Minister Göran Persson has warned that a planned gas pipeline between Germany and Russia could damage the Baltic Sea environment.
At a Baltic Sea conference on the island of Gotland, Persson said he was concerned about the proposed location of the pipeline, being built under the seabed by Russian natural gas giant Gazprom to link Russia’s vast gas reserves with German markets.
According to Persson, ”When you build such a large pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, you stir up a lot of sediment at the bottom, where there are mines, poisons and other things that have been dumped over decades,”
The Prime Minister continued that ”Thereby you risk setting off a major environmental disturbance, on top of all the other environmental problems the Baltic Sea has.”
Officials from the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea are set to meet with consortium leaders on August 28th to discuss the project, and Persson said he wants to see a good reason why the pipeline cannot be built on land instead.
The Gotland conference focuses on increasing cooperation between the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.
Other participants included Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hubner.