Pop Goes the Pipeline
Archived Articles 25 May 2009  EWR
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Europe just got a rare opportunity to reduce its energy dependence on Russia. But will it take advantage?

Alexandros Petersen

On April 9, a major pipeline that carries Turkmenistan's vast natural gas resources to Russia exploded in a massive fireball. According to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry, the blast was caused by a "reckless and irresponsible" decrease in the amount of gas drawn from the pipeline by Russia's state-owned energy company, Gazprom. Pipeline and energy infrastructure explosions are a common occurrence in the former Soviet Union, with hundreds of sometimes devastating incidents every year.

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