Nord Stream Project said to breach EU law

Nord Stream Project said to breach EU law

Estonian Green Movement and Estonian Fund for Nature have sent a formal complaint to the European Commission on January 6th 2010 demanding legal actions against Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. According to the two Estonian NGOs, these countries breached EU legislation on environmental impact assessments (EIA) in the field of habitats when they granted construction licenses for the project of the undersea Nord Stream gas pipeline and allegedly overlooked risks to the project. The project is supposed to link Russia and the European Union via the Baltic Sea in order to transfer natural gas. According to the NGOs, the project will cause the release of toxic chemicals from seabed sediments during construction and it will increase risk of shipping accidents in the Gulf of Finland. The EIAs submitted by those countries do not provide for answers to these concerns and lack data support to their decision of granting construction licenses, according to the NGOs.