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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nord Stream Renews Request to Estonia

TALLINN, Estonia -- Nord Stream, builder of the Gazprom-led gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, has asked Estonia again for authority to carry out undersea studies on moving the route into the Baltic country's economic zone, a proposal that was rejected in April, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

"We got the new application on May 31 and by law, we will have four months to answer," spokesman Ehtel Halliste said.

Nord Stream said in April that it would study changing the route in three areas, including a more southern route , due to environmental concerns from Finland. Estonia turned down the first application, citing insufficient explanation of the studies' nature. Gazprom plans to start construction next year despite environmental objections from countries including Sweden and Poland.

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip last month said he was concerned about the pipeline's environmental impact.