"Baltic pipeline plan should be reconsidered"

The Russian-German consortium planning to build a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea must investigate other options, according to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

It says not enough is known about what environmental impacts the pipe between the two countries would have and the agency says there must be more analysis of its effects on fish, the risk of poisonous substances being released if the sea bed is disturbed and the dangers of unexploded mines.

The pipeline would pass through Sweden’s economic zone in the Baltic and come within 40 kilometres of the Swedish island of Gotland.

In a letter to Germany, Denmark, Finland and Russia the agency says alternatives like building it across land or moving it further away from protected areas in the sea must be considered, as well as if there needs to be a pipeline at all.

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