Nord Stream 2 to Take Part in the Espoo Public Hearing in Kingisepp, Russia
- The public hearing will address potential transboundary environmental impacts of the planned pipeline through the Baltic Sea
- The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will participate in the hearing as part of the ongoing international Espoo consultation
- Nord Stream 2 is engaging in an active dialogue with the public around the Baltic Sea to ensure that the project is sustainable
June 6, 2017 | Zug | On 30 June 2017 Nord Stream 2 AG, the developer of a new natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea, will join the public hearing in Kingisepp, Russia to present potential transboundary environmental impacts of the infrastructure project. The hearings are organised as part of the international Espoo consultation process in the framework of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (the Espoo Convention), as advised on the website of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Although the Russian Federation has not ratified the Espoo Convention, for the Nord Stream 2 project it has made a voluntary commitment to act as a party of origin as far as national legislation allows.
The event follows a series of public meetings that have already been held in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia as part of the international Espoo consultation process. Further hearings and information meetings are planned in Lithuania and Poland. Nord Stream 2 engages in a broad dialogue around the Baltic Sea to ensure that the project will be implemented in a sound and sustainable way.
The public hearing in Kingisepp will be held on 30 June at 10:00 in the conference hall of the Kingisepp House of Culture and Leisure (40 Karl Marx Prospekt, Kingisepp, 188480, Leningrad Region).
It will address potential transboundary environmental impacts of the pipeline construction and operation that may affect Russia. The basis of the discussion is the Espoo report submitted by Nord Stream 2 on 6 April 2017 to relevant national authorities of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany to enable the countries to start consultations on potential transboundary impacts of the pipeline project.
The Espoo consultations in Russia run in addition to the national EIA procedure which is governed by the Russian legislation.
Nord Stream 2 began the national EIA process in Russia in April 2017 by disclosing a comprehensive information package about the project plans, as well as reports on a comparative environmental assessment of the route options for the Russian section of the pipeline.
The next stage of the national EIA procedure in Russia will be the submission of a comprehensive draft EIA report for public review in summer 2017, followed by public hearings on the potential environmental impacts in Russia in accordance with Russian legislation