Denmark passes law that could thwart Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
It is amending the country’s regulatory framework to allow the authorities to cite security or foreign policy as reasons to block a pipeline.
The proposed route goes through Danish waters, but Russia’s Gazprom and its European partners are looking into an alternative route north of the Danish island Bornholm which would run in international waters and thus not be affected by a potential Danish ban.
Nord Stream 2 has applied for permission in Denmark and its application is being assessed at the Danish Energy Agency; the change to the law will take effect from January 1 but apply to applications that already have been submitted. ■