TALLINN - Estonia deems it necessary to conduct environmental scrutiny of the project for laying a gas pipeline on the Baltic Sea bed from Russia’s Leningrad region to Germany, the head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry’s press-service, Ehtel Halliste, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
Estonia is concerned over what it describes as the pipeline’s likely environmental risks.
“We have no information, if the project has been examined by environmentalists. No one can say for sure, whether it is safe or not to lay the underwater pipeline across a busy shipping area of the Baltic Sea and what environmental consequences an accident may have,” Halliste said. “If there is any threat, may be, it will be better to lay the pipeline on the ground as usual,” she said.