Russian pipelines in critical condition

Publish date: November 14, 2006

The government's technical standards watchdog warned that almost all the country's oil and gas pipelines were in critical condition.

It is a possible sign of more shutdowns after the closure of a link to Lithuania, The St Petersburg Times reports. According to the head of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Atomic Inspection Konstantin Pulikovsky, Russia’s pipeline transport is in an unsatisfactory state. Environmental damage caused by oil and gas pipelines is inexcusable.