Nord Stream pipeline leaks whodunit

Here’s a link to a CNBC report on the Nord Stream pipelines: Russian pipeline leaks spark climate fears as huge volumes of methane spew into the atmosphere

Here’s a link to a Wall Street Journal article about NATO formally blaming sabotage for the leaks: NATO Formally Blames Sabotage for Nord Stream Pipeline Damage

Here’s a Reuters piece: Putin accuses West of blowing up pipelines as Europe steps up vigilance

Here’s a Washington Examiner piece: Russian ships observed near area of explosions that caused Nord Stream pipeline leaks: Report

Tucker Carlson, the most watched primetime FOX pundit was quick to blame the US for the Nord Stream pipeline leak. He has been against the US and Europeans aiding Ukraine all along. Among right-wing media, this buzz gained traction with the line “Why would the Russians blow up their own pipeline when they could just shut off the gas? This seems like a stupid argument to me. Somehow, these right-wing hot takes that “only this argument makes sense” with no real information seems to be the default right-wing media ecosystem these days.

John Brennan, the former Obama CIA director, rushed to blame Putin.

Here’s the thing, I have no way of knowing for sure, but I will say the argument Tucker Carlson made, rushing to point the finger at the US seems reckless and designed to foment more divides in America and was intended to turn Americans on the right against the US government and against aiding Ukraine. To state that the US or Europeans sabotaging that pipeline is the only possible explanation, with no real evidence, is as reckless as Brennan rushing to blame Putin.

Russia is currently not shipping more gas via that pipeline, but Russia knew there was still gas in that pipeline that will now not be delivered to Europe with winter approaching, is my understanding at this point. I could be wrong. And at the same time Russia was trying to annex parts of Ukraine this week. Russia is not above trying to fuel divides in America over support for Ukraine and certainly not above staging elaborate false flag operations. Russia also is not against sending stronger messages to US and European leaders, that Russia will not hesitate to escalate the economic war.

The gas that was still in the pipeline should be gone by Sunday according to the Reuters article: “Gas will continue to pour out of Nord Stream 1 until Sunday, the Danish energy agency said on Friday, though the leak on Nord Stream 2 is expected to cease on Saturday.” Russia had already shut off the gas – that’s the key part and a short-lived leak, that sent a strong message to the Europeans that Russia won’t be sending more gas, while at the same time blaming the US and the West for the leaks doesn’t seem beyond Putin to me.

I distrust the Biden administration and I certainly distrust John Brennan, but at the same time, Putin has shown himself to be ruthless and there’s a long, long history of Russian false flag operations against the West.

At this point, I’m just waiting to see what happens next.

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One response to “Nord Stream pipeline leaks whodunit

  1. JK

    “Russia is currently not shipping more gas via that pipeline, but Russia knew there was still gas in that pipeline that will now not be delivered to Europe with winter approaching, is my understanding at this point.”

    You’re not wrong on that point. Though with one stipulation.

    That stipulation being, downstream of the break[s] a shut-off valve should have flipped “shut” and so whatever content that pipe held previous to the rupture would remain pressurized.

    Upstream of the break (toward the source), loss of pressure should have likewise triggered a seal-off at some point [actually, multiple shut-offs] closer to the source.

    Here’s a pretty good primer on the engineering the builders incorporated [*Nordstream 1 “likely” was improved on for the construction of NS 2]

    Admitting I’ve not read the Reuters link and so can’t express any reservations about that article’s statements of fact I would only go so far as to state that if the shutoffs performed as I would hope, basically what’s downstream of the break is essentially a “storage tank” … and storage tank contents should be able to be pumped down to “about” 80% of its content.

    (An oilfields service company executive friend informs me the general opinion of that content is, maybe/realistically, only “about” a week’s worth of demand.)

    Now. I have questions about the reliability of how those “shutoffs” actually performed real-world – by this point everybody who is paying any attention to these sorts of things has probably seen video[s] of “gas” bubbling up in the Baltic?

    See where I may be going on that line of speculation ….. ?

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