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European leaders open Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline

European leaders open Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 10:34am

European leaders and Russia's President tuesday opened a 10.2 billion dollar natural gas pipeline that links Western Europe directly with Siberia's vast gas reserves. Environmental groups have been critical of the dredging of the pipeline as well as Europe's use of fossil fuels as as percentage of it's energy supply.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with the Prime Ministers of France and The Netherlands, joined Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in symbolically turning a wheel to open the pipeline. The 760 mile Nord Stream Underwater Pipeline ferries the gas from Vyborg, near St. Petersburg in northern Russia, under the Baltic Sea to Lubmin, Germany.

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