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German Regulator Dismisses Environmentalists' Protest Against Nord Stream 2 Construction

© REUTERS / ANTON VAGANOVFILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, near the town of Kingisepp, Leningrad region, Russia, June 5, 2019
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, near the town of Kingisepp, Leningrad region, Russia, June 5, 2019 - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2021
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BERLIN (Sputnik) - The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said on Thursday that it dismissed the claim by two German environmental organisations seeking to revoke the permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline laying.

"Following an assessment of the doubts expressed in the protests of the applicants, and a new comprehensive environmental review, the previously issued permit remains valid", BSH said in a statement.

The statement in defence of the project was issued after earlier in the day operator Nord Stream 2 AG said that 95 percent of the gas pipeline was complete.

In January, German environmental organisations Deutsche Umwelthilfe and NABU lodged a protest over BSH's decision to extend the permit for Nord Stream 2 pipelaying work.

© Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Paul LangrockWork on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.
German Regulator Dismisses Environmentalists' Protest Against Nord Stream 2 Construction - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2021
Work on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.

While the pipeline's construction is approaching completion, Nord Stream 2 is still facing pressure from the US, with Washington planning to slap new sanctions on the project in a bid to stop its launch.

The US has been claiming (since the Trump administration) that Nord Stream 2, a joint project by Russia's Gazprom and EU energy corporations, will undermine European energy security, while Moscow and the EU consider these efforts to be an instance of unfair competition.

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