World’s Most Controversial Pipeline Clears Final Hurdle

Denmark has granted Russia’s state-controlled energy company Gazprom permission to build a controversial gas export pipeline through Danish waters. The October 30 approval removes the last major regulatory hurdle for Gazprom to complete its 1,230 kilometer Nord Stream 2 pipeline along the Baltic Sea floor from Russia to Germany. The Danish decision puts greater pressure on U.S. Congress to quickly pass a sanctions bill to halt the project before it is completed. Washington has opposed the project over concern it will increase Europe’s…