Another pipeline in the Baltic just had a little ooopsie happen to it:
-- https://news.err.ee/1609128134/ministers-balticconnector-pipeline-damage-was-deliberateMinisters: Balticconnector pipeline damage was deliberate
Pictures show the damage to the gas pipeline Balticconnector was carried out deliberately by people, said Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform) on Tuesday. Investigations are still ongoing.
"The picture we have from the pipeline tells us that the damage had to have been done by something greater than a diver or unmanned submersible. The damage is more extensive," said Pevkur.
He also ruled out the possibility of an explosion, as seismologists did this morning.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Margus Tsahkna (Eesti 200) confirmed the damage is mechanical and therefore caused by humans.
-- https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-67070389Finland investigates suspected sabotage of Baltic-connector gas pipeline
Finland says damage to an underwater natural gas pipeline with Estonia on Sunday may have been deliberate and was probably caused by "external activity".
The Baltic-connector pipeline was shut down after a sudden drop in pressure. A telecoms cable was also damaged.
Finland's prime minister said on Tuesday that the source of the leak had been found and was being investigated by both countries.
Petteri Orpo added that the cause was not yet clear.
Finnish sources have told the BBC the suspicion falls on Russian sabotage as "retribution" for Finland joining Nato in April this year.
Norway's seismological institute, Norsar, said it had detected a "probable explosion" along Finland's Baltic Sea coast at 01:20 on Sunday (22:20GMT on Saturday). The event was measured at 1.0, far smaller than the explosions that targeted the Nord Stream pipelines in September 2022.
That appeared to contradict a statement from Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) that there were "no indications" that explosives had been used, although it added the damage was so serious it was expected to take months to repair.
Finnish authorities said damage to the cable and pipeline damage happened at two different spots in Finland's Exclusive Economic Zone.
"The discovered damage could not have been caused by normal use of the pipeline or pressure fluctuations," Mr Orpo told a press conference. Other possible causes such as seismic activity had already been ruled out.