Varna Locals Rаlly against Russian-Sponsored Pipeline
Residents of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna staged Sunday a new protest rally against the joint Russian-Bulgarian South Stream natural gas pipeline project.
Though small in numbers, locals from the "Rakitnika" and "Priboy" sites near Varna have been relentless in opposing the project, particularly the construction of a reception terminal and compressor station near their homes.
There are about 1 000 houses located in the two areas, and half of them are occupied permanently.
The houses are just 2 km away from the pipeline and will be directly affected by it. Locals worry about the environmental impact, as the construction is close to the water reservoir, and about loud noise.
The project for building the new facilities has been approved by the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters, but the protesters plan to challenge the environmental impact assessment, which became ground for giving the green light.
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So the BG coastline isn't damaged and ruined enough, and they (government) want to make it even worse. And not just the coastline, it's going to run right through the middle of BG from east to west, then diverts to a Y junction going north-west and south-west (although not sure if this section has been abandoned). What a target the pipeline is, and I think we are getting a really bad deal here. I wouldn't want a major international gas pipeline anywhere near me. Oh and perhaps all the tourists visiting BG will be very happy to see a great ugly gas pipeline from their hotel balconies and while sunning themselves on the beach.