Andrew E. Kramer, NYTimes.com
MOSCOW — A Russian-German plan to build a pipeline on the floor of the Baltic Sea and detour natural gas around the disruptive politics of Eastern Europe cleared a last major hurdle on Friday.
A Finnish regulator, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland, approved the permit needed to begin construction work off the Finnish coast.
The pipeline company, Nord Stream, which is primarily owned by German and Russian companies, now has permits for offshore work in all five countries through which the pipeline will pass — Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden.
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Plan for Baltic Sea Pipeline Clears Last Major Hurdle