Government: explosions led to gas pipeline leaks in Baltic Sea

Christian Wenande
September 28th, 2022

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“This wasn’t an accident, it was planned,” said defence minister Morten Bødskov

A joint investigation has confirmed that the leaks in Nord Stream 1 and 2 were caused by severe explosions.

The explosion caused extensive damage to the seabed around Bornholm (photo: Forsvaret)

The three Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline leaks discovered in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm yesterday were the result of explosions … big explosions, according to the government.

According to the defence minister, Morten Bødskov, the government is teaming up with NATO and the EU to clarify who caused the explosions.

“We are talking about very big explosions. This wasn’t an accident. It was planned,” said Bødskov.

READ ALSO: Three gas pipeline leaks in vicinity of Bornholm – Danish PM suspects sabotage

Leaks could last for weeks
Bødskov went on to say that the bubbling gas leaks in the Baltic Sea could take one to two weeks to subside.

According to Greenpeace, the amount of gas leaked is the equivalent of eight months of Denmark’s total CO2 emissions.

Ukraine has accused Russia of being behind the explosions, but Denmark and the EU have yet to bring any such accusations to the fore. In fact they won’t discuss it with Russia at all. 

“We have informed Russia what we have found in a note – that it is not an accident – but we do not have a desire to speak with Russia,” said the foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod.

“We will get to the bottom of this and we will do so in co-operation with our allies.”


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