The gas wasn't flowing at the time of sabotage.I have a question. I hope it's not a stupid one. Why not just turn the gas off at the source?
Nord Stream 2 was never turned off, but had some gas in it.
Nord Stream 1 was turned off by Russia, under various pretenses, back in August:
Russia has reduced the amount of gas it supplies to Europe through the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
I think there's a few things worth clarifying. First of all, yes, scuba divers and relatively inexpensive commercial ROVs could have gotten to the pipeline. I'd be interested to learn how many technical scuba divers could handle 200 lbs of [object] underwater and guide it to a specific destination in >50m of water. The list of people who could have attached 200 lbs of TNT to the pipeline and then blown it up is smaller than that.
Wow, I did not realize the explosions were THAT big.
I stand corrected - these were not some semi-pro divers moonlighting. Someone tied an undersea mine or a torpedo to the pipe, or the explosives were delivered by maintenance robots operating inside the pipeline itself.
Analyzing explosives residue and debris should provide the few clues.