The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (PSH) has authorized the resumption of work on German waters from Russia via the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany. The previous permit expired at the end of May.
Most of the pipeline is already over, but there is still a lot of controversy about it. In fact, work on the Danish island of Bournemouth has been suspended for about a year after the Swiss owner of two construction ships stopped working under US pressure. Some construction work has recently resumed.
The United States is opposed to the pipeline, as it will give Moscow more influence in Western Europe. Washington continues to threaten to allow companies to cooperate in construction. In addition to the Russian Gosprom, the Nord Stream 2 oil and gas group includes several companies, including Shell, Austrian OMV and ENGIE from France.
European countries such as Poland and Ukraine are also strongly opposed to the plan. In contrast, the German government claims that the gas pipeline connection provides a direct and secure energy supply. With Nord Stream 2, the capacity for gas supply from Russia to Germany will double. The pipeline runs parallel to the existing Nort stream.
The decision of the BSH can be further appealed to, for example by environmental groups.