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Labour could yield to oil and gas exploration pressure. Socialist Left puts its foot down. The Socialist Left’s (SV) fight to preserve Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja got a new boost today. In the wake of yesterday’s report about the possible environmental effects of oil and gas activities, the Labour Party (Ap) might consider giving in to Socialist Left (SV). The report will be part of a new governmental management plan for the Barents Sea and waters off the coast of Lofoten. A decision about the impact assessment of oil activities will be taken afterwards.

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Labour could yield to oil and gas exploration pressure

Published on Friday, 16th April, 2010 at 13:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Socialist Left puts its foot down.

An oil exploration platform in Stavanger (illus. ph.)
An oil exploration platform in Stavanger (illus. ph.)
Photo: astronautilus/Picasaweb


The Socialist Left’s (SV) fight to preserve Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja got a new boost today. In the wake of yesterday’s report about the possible environmental effects of oil and gas activities, the Labour Party (Ap) might consider giving in to Socialist Left (SV).

The report will be part of a new governmental management plan for the Barents Sea and waters off the coast of Lofoten. A decision about the impact assessment of oil activities will be taken afterwards.

However, both SV and the Centre Party (Sp), the other two Parties in the red-green coalition fear any assessment will be the first step on the way to oil drilling, to which they have said no.

Erik Solheim, SV’s Environmental minister, and Bellona’s leader Frederic Hauge have also criticised yesterday’s report for giving incomplete scientific answers.

And Solheim’s Party colleague, Snorre Valen MP, tells Dagsavisen he believes any impact assessment will only point towards where to place oil platforms, rather than contribute to more knowledge.

“There are many other ways to obtain more knowledge. The report gives a stronger scientific basis for not drilling,” says Solheim.

Labour now says it won’t hammer through either the impact assessment report, or oil drilling, and will give in to any stopper SV sets, according to the paper.



Published on Friday, 16th April, 2010 at 13:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: loftoten, vesteraalen, senja, barents, sea, oil, gas, erik, solheim, environment, frederic, hauge, bellona.





  
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