A recently released international joint report evaluating the Nord Stream offshore natural gas pipeline suggests construction and management had no negative long-term negative effects on the environment, according to a story in Subsea World News.
Russian monitoring focused on bird migration and nesting, and found no ill effects from the pipeline. Finland monitored the location and condition of various cultural heritage wrecks in the area and no wrecks appeared to have changed. Sweden and Denmark saw no negative effects on fish populations. Germany’s data focused on reptiles, plants and breeding birds. All populations continued to be successful.
The pipeline passes through the Baltic Sea and was completed in 2012.
Top image: A piece of the Nord Stream pipeline. (Credit: Assenmacher via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0)