Denmark passed a law that could allow Copenhagen to halt Russia’s planned Nord Stream-2 pipeline, Reuters reports. The law gives the Danish government the right to take into consideration security, foreign policy, defence, and political concerns – not just environmental issues – when deciding on whether to let pipelines pass through Denmark’s territorial waters. The regulatory changes take effect Jan. 1, but apply to applications that have already been submitted. Nord Stream-2 has already applied for permission to pass through Danish waters, and Denmark’s Energy Agency is assessing the application. Now the Nord Stream-2 consortium is investigating an alternative route north of the Danish island Bornholm, which would run in international waters and not be effected by the new law.