Today Russian Pipeline changes direction, and energy politics come to the fore, finally winning attention from the media and from lawmakers. From the Times:
The Progress pipeline from Russia to Germany has been pumping oil to Stuttgart since 1980 and has recently been modified to transport gas, too. But amid a growing Russian push to diversify its export routes away from Europe, its pipeline running from Western Siberia to the Nordic countries has been facing stiff competition.
This Friday, however, a cargo of gas bound for Germany caused panic among passengers aboard a ferryboat, which was forced to return to its port in Hamburg.
“We made a hasty refuelling stop, nobody could board anymore,” the company said in a statement.
Gas released through the ship’s valve valves dispersed throughout the cabin of passengers aboard the 97-meter boat, said Peter Dörr, the Sprengoldsteinlsaid. It knocked passengers unconscious and frightened children. Passengers had to be evacuated by helicopter.
Later, researchers learned that a leaking pipeline from one of the ferry’s cargo containers ruptured. The released gas then flowed through a second container to the boat, creating a gas scare.