Sweden reluctantly greenlights construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Sweden reluctantly approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 underwater natural gas pipeline in its economic zone in the Baltic Sea. Nord Stream is laying a second pair of offshore pipelines in the Baltic Sea between Vyborg in Russia and Greifswald in Germany for the transportation of Russian natural gas to western Europe. An initial pair of pipelines was inaugurated in 2012. In this picture, pipes are loaded for stacking at the Nord Stream 2 facility at Mukran on Ruegen Islandon October 19, 2017 in Sassnitz, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Sweden gave the go ahead to the controversial construction of an underwater natural gas pipeline between Russia and Europe. But it did so begrudgingly.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline would run through Sweden’s economic zone in the Baltic Sea. And the government says it can’t stop the laying of the pipelines; just OK where they’ll be placed on the seabed.

However, an analyst says Sweden could have done more to voice its displeasure over the Russian-back project to lay an underwater pipeline to pump natural gas from Russia to Germany.

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Norway: Beauty spot in Arctic Norway set to become Barents oil terminal, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Two more Russian rigs deployed for Arctic gas drilling, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: While Trump shuns climate research, Sweden looks to lure American scientists, Radio Sweden

United States: US Gov preparing for oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Public Media

Frank Radosevich, Radio Sweden

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