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Barents deal could force out coalition party. Party leader fears for consequences. Yesterday’s Norwegian-Russian agreement to divide the Barents Sea region got a mixed reception. Amongst Statoil’s celebrations at the region’s oil and gas possibilities, come fears the Socialist Left may have to leave the coalition government if it loses its battle to stop activities in the area.

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Barents deal could force out coalition party

Published on Wednesday, 28th April, 2010 at 12:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Party leader fears for consequences.

Barents Sea map
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Powerless

Yesterday’s Norwegian-Russian agreement to divide the Barents Sea region got a mixed reception.

Amongst Statoil’s celebrations at the region’s oil and gas possibilities, come fears the Socialist Left may have to leave the coalition government if it loses its battle to stop activities in the area.

“SV won’t be able to continue as part of the government if it doesn’t manage to have any influence,” Mali Steiro Tronsmoen, head of the Socialist Youth League of Norway (Sosialistisk Ungdom/SU) tells NRK.

Pressure

Even though the deal hasn’t yet been formalised, Tronsmoen claims the government has already given oil companies the green light by signing it.

The ink on the joint statement hadn’t even dried before environmental organisations criticised it for allowing increased activities in the North.

Frederic Hauge, Bellona’s leader, said he believes the deal will increase pressure on oil exploration in the region.

“But we thought this would come anyway. At least we now know what we have to relate to,” NTB reports.

Friends of the Earth Norway (Naturvernforbundet) concluded the accord is a catastrophe.

“The new agreement shouldn’t be an oil and gas accord. It’s a tragedy for the northern areas. Whilst the ice melts and the natural environment is threatened by increased temperatures, it appears the Norwegian government is primarily concerned about extracting even more climate-destructive oil and gas,” Lars Haltebrekken, head of the organisation, said in a press release.

Excited

Meanwhile, the deal was greeted with enthusiasm by others. Statoil’s Vice-President of Communications, Ole Morten Aanestad, tells Stavanger Aftenblad he congratulates both Norwegian and Russian authorities for having ended a 40-year bargaining process.

Gro Brækken, director of the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (Oljeindustriens Landsforening) tells NRK she’s enthusiastic.

“I’m quite sure it opens new perspectives. We hope more of the oil companies that work on the Norwegian continental shelf are interested in joining in Norway.”

However, Mali Steiro Tronsmoen argues the deal only shows the need for SV is even greater than before, and fears the environmental impact.

“We are in a time where we see an oil industry pushing ever harder for Norway to assume a policy hostile both to the environmental and climate,” she says.



Published on Wednesday, 28th April, 2010 at 12:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: barents, sea, arctic, ocean, jens, stoltenberg, dimitry, medvedev, frederic, hauge, bellona, lars, haltebrekken, friends, earth, naturvernforbundet, sv, socialist, left, party, statoil, oil, industry.





  
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