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Government retreats over Hardanger. Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has caved in to pressure about power pylons across Hardangervidda. Construction was due to start this autumn after the government stood firm on its decision to go ahead with the controversial project. But growing cross-Party political unrest, as well as voter discontent, have left their mark.

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Government retreats over Hardanger

Published on Tuesday, 10th August, 2010 at 16:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has caved in to pressure about power pylons across Hardangervidda.

Statnett Power Pylons (illus. photo)
Statnett Power Pylons (illus. photo)
Photo: Statnett


Construction was due to start this autumn after the government stood firm on its decision to go ahead with the controversial project.

But growing cross-Party political unrest, as well as voter discontent, have left their mark.

Stoltenberg called local Hardanger politicians and Agnar Aas, head of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), in to a meeting today to discuss the issue.

“The Government takes the strong desire to further reduce intrusions upon [the natural surroundings] seriously. It has therefore asked for a new review of the undersea cable alternative. At the same time, the municipalities are invited to discuss the final design of the new route,” Stoltenberg says in a press release.




Published on Tuesday, 10th August, 2010 at 16:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hardangerfjorden, hardanger, hordaland, terje, riis-johansen, minister, petroleum, energy, ministry, power, lines, cables, pylons, bergen, electricity, statnett, controversy, opposition, nature.





  
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