MOSCOW, 28 Sep — PRIME. Incidents with a gas leak from the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines can lead to minor damage to the marine environment, but it’s impossible to talk about an environmental catastrophe, the former head of the Antistichia Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Professor, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics told RIA Novosti Sciences Vladislav Bolov.
According to Bolov, a lot of fish we are used to live in the Baltic Sea: salmon, cod, eel. Despite the fact that the radius of the exit of gas from under the water seems to be large, the incidents do not threaten serious consequences for the environment. This is due, in particular, to the fact that the gas pipelines before the emergency worked “at a minimum.”
“Those living organisms that got into the zone of gas release could probably die, but, in my opinion, it is impossible to use the term ecological catastrophe. The gas itself will not spread over the sea – yes, it will come out, cause some harm, but the word catastrophe is not applicable here,” the source said.
Despite the seriousness of the accident, the question of “the death of part of all living things in the Baltic” is not worth it, Bolov added.
Honored Rescuer of Russia, former head of the Russian Rescuer Training Center Alexander Gofshtein, in a conversation with RIA Novosti, supported the position of his colleague.
“In the event of an accident on oil pipelines, yes, there is terrible damage, but gas … damage to the environment in this case will be insignificant,” he explained.
On Monday, Nord Stream 2 AG reported that on one of the lines of Nord Stream 2 (it was filled with technical gas after construction), an emergency occurred in Danish waters near the island of Bornholm, accompanied by a sharp drop in pressure. The reasons are unknown, an investigation is underway, the company specified. Then Nord Stream AG, the operator of Nord Stream, reported on the pressure drop on both lines. The reasons are also unknown.