Bulgarian Right Wingers Call for Local Referendum on South Stream
Bulgarian right-wing party Democrats For a Strong Bulgaria (DSB) has called for a referendum in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna to decide on the route of the South Stream gas pipeline, announced Radan Kanev, DSB’s chair.
DSB wants Varna’s citizens to say whether the South Stream pipeline project, proposed to transport Russian natural gas through the Black Sea through Bulgaria to South Europe, will make its way through the region of Varna, as it was planned, the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency informs.
DSB politicians will ask Varna’s mayor Ivan Portnih or other key figures to introduce the motion for the referendum in the Municipal Council, Kanev stressed, adding that if all refuse, DSB together with other parties will collect citizens’ signatures for launching a referendum.
DSB has described the South Stream gas pipeline project as the "second huge corruption-ridden project of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the Kremlin and the energy mafia."
Residents of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna have staged several protest rallies against the joint Russian-Bulgarian South Stream natural gas pipeline project as about 1 000 houses are located 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.
Bulgaria will not provide any funding for the construction of the local section of the South Stream gas pipeline, but it will give up transit fees for a period of 15 years after its launch.
South Stream is to be launched in 2016, carrying up to 63 bcm of gas a year from Russia to Europe.
The construction of the Russia-backed South Stream gas pipeline started on December 7, 2012 at the Russkaya compressor station site near Anapa.
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"Bulgaria will not provide any funding for the construction of the local section of the South Stream gas pipeline, but it will give up transit fees for a period of 15 years after its launch.South Stream is to be launched in 2016, carrying up to 63 bcm of gas a year from Russia to Europe"................................
Who were the moron idiots that signed off on this deal and decided to give up the transit fees for 15 years? 15 BLOODY YEARS, THINK ABOUT IT. That will be the year 2031, if anyone should live that long. What an idiotic thing to do. If Russia wants to export their gas from Russia to Europe with the entry point coming through BG, then they should be paying for construction AND transit fees. It's their flipping problem or find another way in. BG has sold their soul yet again to Russia. The Russian Oligarchs will be laughing all the way to the bank, whilst BG will see not one stotinka for 15 years, and will be used up yet again like an old whore. Not only that, but there will be no compensations at all for the environmental impact that is inevitable. It's no wonder at all that BG is struggling and a very poor country. On the one hand BG cry poverty and expect funding from the EU, and on the other hand they keep giving Russia every possible advantage to prosper here to the detriment of all Bulgarians. It's sickening that we have this constant cow-towing to Russia as if we are just another one of their small provinces. The signs at the BG border entry points should read "Welcome to Russia".