Apparent Sabotage Disables Nord Stream 1 and 2, Cutting Off All Direct Gas Supply to Germany from Russia

Anonymous German officials appear to acknowledge the strong possibility of American or NATO involvement

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Yesterday evening, pressure in the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline suddenly collapsed, and gas could be seen bubbling to the surface of the Baltic Sea near the Danish island of Bornholm. Shortly afterwards, reports came of a total collapse in the pressure of our other major undersea pipeline connection to Russia, Nord Stream 1, indicating a further rupture.

Government officials assume that the damage is intentional, and the result of an attack by foreign forces:

Due to the timing, the fact that three separate pipelines were affected1, and the severe pressure losses in Nord Stream 1, officials expect the worst. “We can no longer imagine any scenario other than a targeted attack,” said a person privy to the assessment by the federal government and federal authorities. They added: “Everything speaks against a coincidence.”

Such an attack on the seabed would be anything but trivial; it would have to be carried out with special forces – for example, by navy divers or a submarine, people informed of initial assessments said.

With regard to responsibility for the alleged attacks, two possibilities are being discussed. First, according to initial speculation, Ukrainian or Ukrainian-affiliated forces could be responsible. With the temporary shutdown of the Nord Stream pipelines, gas deliveries from Russia to Germany and Central Europe would only be possible via the Yamal pipelinje running through Poland or the Ukrainian pipeline network.

The piece that I’ve bolded is of course a lightly disguised reference to the United States or NATO. This should surprise nobody: President Biden said in early February that in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, “there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2, we will bring an end to it.” It’s well within the realm of possibility that such an attack would’ve been carried out with the tacit approval (or even upon the request) of the Scholz government, to relieve them of political pressure to open Nord Stream 2 or seek terms for a restoration of supply to Nord Stream 1 as the economy continues to circle the drain. The Greens are in government here, and Green-adjacent journalists have gone so far as to demand the dismantling of the pipelines to hurt Putin, so this too is far from crazy.

The second scenario investigators are contemplating, according to the linked Tagesspiegel report, is of course a “‘false flag’ operation by Russia,” carried out to “drive up the price of gas,” “exacerbate the European energy crisis” and “fuel additional uncertainty.” Russia will surely be blamed for the attack as soon as it is confirmed, I have no doubt of that.

The pipeline attacks come as a few prominent German politicians have demanded the opening of Nord Stream 2, and the subject has attracted a growing protest movement. Neither pipeline was currently transporting gas; Gazprom cut off supply to Nord Stream 1 at the end of August, citing maintenance issues exacerbated by EU sanctions, while the Scholz government refused to certify Nord Stream 2 following its completion in November 2021.

UPDATES: Gonzalo Lira argues that the Americans have declared war on Europe; Noah Carl draws attention to an older piece he wrote on the “Nord Stream 2 theory” of the Ukraine war; hints of a possible method and an earlier, aborted attack on the pipeline are found in these stories about an underwater drone armed with explosives recovered near the pipeline construction site in 2015. Two Nord Stream 1 leaks have now been identified; like the Nord Stream 2 rupture, they’re near Bornholm.


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4 Responses to “Apparent Sabotage Disables Nord Stream 1 and 2, Cutting Off All Direct Gas Supply to Germany from Russia”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Washington

    But while the two leaders vowed on Monday to respond in lockstep to a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, there seemed to be space between Biden and Scholz on the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline — which wasn’t mentioned in either of the leaders’ opening remarks. When taking questions from reporters, Biden forcefully pledged to shut down the pipeline should Russia invade, but Scholz refused to even say its name.

    “We will bring an end to it,” Biden said. “I promise you. We will be able to do it.”

    When Scholz was repeatedly pressed on whether he was committing to halting the pipeline if President Vladimir Putin’s troops moved forward, he kept his answer vague.

    “We will act together,” Scholz said, echoing Biden’s message on unity. “We will not be taking different steps. And they will be very, very hard to Russia.”

  2. sovereigntea says:

    Astonishing timing.

    UK gas consumers beware that any Norwegian gas supplied to the EU can be deducted from the amount supplied to the UK.

    Poland’s President and the Prime Ministers of Poland and Denmark are inaugurating the new Baltic Pipe in this very moment.

    It will bring 10 billion cubic meters of Norwegian gas to Poland every year.

    Ironic that it is being opened on the same day that Nord Stream disappeared.

  3. sovereigntea says:

    News article27 September 2022European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency
    CEF Energy: the Baltic Pipe celebrates its commissioning in Poland

    The strategic gas infrastructure project creating a new gas supply route into the European market has celebrated its commissioning during a ceremony on 27 September in Szczecin, Poland.

  4. sovereigntea says:

    Curious timing

    see report excerpt

    News article13 September 2022European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

    Nazi Social Experiment Camp Europe is upon us. AKA The great reset.

    EU & US collaborating to destroy industry using carbon ideology.

    Speeding up the
    decarbonisation of
    European industry
    Assessment of national and EU policy


    The decarbonisation process in EU’s carbon intensive industries must thus be intensified
    drastically in order to assure a future for those sectors under EU’s ambitious climate
    policies. The proposed changes to the EU ETS under the Fit for 55 agenda imply that
    industry should be carbon neutral by 2040. For the six energy intensive sectors there are
    plenty of technical options available to decarbonise, even though many of these options
    need to scale up to the level of the EU m