September 30, 2022

A Mysterious Leak


A Mysterious Leak
A map of the Nord Stream pipeline. Андрей Перцев, Wikimedia Commons

The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies much of Northern Europe with natural gas pumped and processed in Russia, began leaking on September 26. No one is sure what caused the breach.

Two explosions were recorded on the 26th, and since then dramatic photos have captured natural gas bubbling up to the surface of the Baltic Sea. Officials have been debating whether these explosions were accidents or deliberate sabotage.

Both Russia and the West are pointing fingers at one another. Russia claims that a covert operation was carried out to hobble Russian gas exports or put blame on Moscow; many in the West speculate that Russia may have done it to hamper German energy and escalate the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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