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Nord Stream damage near Bornholm: "We are the easternmost part of Denmark and therefore the closest to this situation"


Explosions in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Bornholm. How do the residents of the small Danish island view the drama surrounding the Nord Stream pipelines?

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New footage from the Swedish Coast Guard shows another leak in a Baltic Sea pipeline.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines are not in operation, but for technical reasons they are filled with gas, which is now leaking.

The exact location of the fourth leak is not yet known.

[map] According to the Coast Guard, it is in Sweden's economic zone on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline -- just a few kilometers from one of the other three leaks, northeast of Bornholm.

The quiet island is located in the middle of the Baltic Sea and belongs to Denmark.

With almost 40,000 inhabitants, it has repeatedly been the focus of attention since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

Jacob Trost, Mayor of Rønne, Bornholm:

“Things have changed since the beginning of the year.

Many eyes turned to Bornholm simply because of our location.

We are the easternmost part of Denmark and therefore closest to the situation in Ukraine.«

The explosions on the Baltic Sea pipelines are causing political turbulence worldwide.

The West assumes acts of sabotage in connection with Russia's war against Ukraine, but Moscow also expressed the suspicion that "a state" caused the damage on purpose.

Jacob Trost, Mayor of Rønne, Bornholm:

'This incident is now even closer to Bornholm and I've noticed that many people on the island are talking about it.

Some are worried, but most are very calm.

It is, so to speak, just another chapter in this international security escalation.«

It is unclear how the massive gas leak will affect the environment.

One thing is clear: the escaping natural gas consists of 99 percent methane, an extremely climate-damaging greenhouse gas.

After all, there is no direct health risk for the people on Bornholm, according to the Danish authorities.

And the mayor remains calm.

Jacob Trost, Mayor of Rønne, Bornholm:

“I don't see panic anywhere.

It's something that people talk about at the same level as rising energy prices and what's going to happen in the future.«

A spokesman for the operating company Nord Stream AG said on Thursday that it was not possible to make any forecasts for the future operation of the pipeline until the damage could be assessed.

According to the operator, gas should no longer flow from the leaks in Nord Stream 1 on Monday.

Source: spiegel

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