October 3, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

The release of gas from a leak in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea on September 27 can be seen in this handout image provided by the Swedish Coast Guard.

The Swedish Coast Guard said one leak from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline hadn’t stopped, but had instead gotten bigger, according to Swedish authorities.

After a flyover of the leak sites on Monday morning, a leak from Nord Stream 1 was no longer visible and could therefore be stopped, according to the Swedish Coast Guard.

“Nord Stream 2’s smaller one is instead slightly larger than yesterday” and is about 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Coast Guard added that it is taking “emergency measures” longer than expected due to the larger leak.

The Coast Guard’s announcement came after Russia’s state energy company Gazprom previously stated that all leaks in both pipelines had been stopped, but said it is still “reducing pressure in Line B of the Nord Steam 2 gas pipeline”.

It’s unclear if pressure in line B could lead to the larger leak that the Coast Guard is seeing.

The pipelines, which run under the Baltic Sea near Sweden and Denmark, were built to carry gas from Russia to the European Union.

More background: When Swedish authorities first mentioned the leaks on Tuesday, it sparked fears over Europe’s reliance on Russian energy, a problem that has only worsened since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February.

European leaders were quick to denounce the leaks, with Josep Borrell, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, saying the leaks were likely “the result of a deliberate act”. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called them ‘action of sabotage’.

US President Joe Biden said the leaks were a “deliberate act of sabotage” after it emerged that on Monday and Tuesday European security officials observed Russian naval support ships near leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines likely caused by underwater explosions.

At the time, it was unclear whether the ships had anything to do with the explosions, these sources and others said — adding that it was one of many factors researchers would investigate.

CNN’s Allie Malloy, Maegan Vazquez, Katie Bo Lillis, Natasha Bertrand and Kylie Atwood reported.

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