Poland sees no sign of interference in pipeline spill

Warsaw, Poland — The Polish pipeline operator says there are “no signs of third-party interference” linked to a leak in a pipeline that is Russia’s main source of crude oil to Germany.

PERN, the operator, said in a statement Wednesday evening that its technical services had located the site of the spill after clearing most of the contamination from the area.

“Based on the initial findings and the way the pipeline was tampered with, it appears that at this stage there is no sign of third party interference,” PERN said. “However, more detailed analyzes are underway to determine the cause of the incident and repair the pipeline so that pumping of crude oil can be restarted as soon as possible.”

PERN detected a leak in the Druzhba pipeline on Tuesday evening 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the central Polish town of Plock.

The Druzhba pipeline, which means “friendship” in Russian, is one of the longest pipelines in the world. After leaving Russia, it is branching out to bring rough to spots such as Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Germany.

The incident follows leaks late last month in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines running along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and amid an energy standoff between Russia and the West over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Both Denmark and Sweden claim these pipelines have been attacked with large amounts of explosives, and the discovery of another pipeline leak so early has raised concerns.

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