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Labour rides ‘oil will tear us apart’ again. Resentment runs high in Norway’s Labour Party (Ap) on the question of oil activities off the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands. 10 of 19 county leaders (fylkesleder) have indicated that they are in favour of making an impact assessment on drilling, but five are against. Four have yet to make up their minds. Things look different on the Party’s programme committee, however. 16 out of 17 members have voted in favour, with Labour Youth Party (AUF) leader Eskil Pedersen against it. The main Labour Party conference is due in a month, and there are chances that there might be a battle for oil drilling, reports Dagsavisen, Tuesday.

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Labour rides ‘oil will tear us apart’ again

Published on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 at 14:28 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland and Michael Sandelson   .

Resentment runs high in Norway’s Labour Party (Ap) on the question of oil activities off the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands.

Lofoten
Lofoten
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10 of 19 county leaders (fylkesleder) have indicated that they are in favour of making an impact assessment on drilling, but five are against. Four have yet to make up their minds.

Things look different on the Party’s programme committee, however. 16 out of 17 members have voted in favour, with Labour Youth Party (AUF) leader Eskil Pedersen against it.

The main Labour Party conference is due in a month, and there are chances that there might be a battle for oil drilling, reports Dagsavisen, Tuesday.

A majority of the county leaders support making a report on drilling does not, however, mean that they have a majority of the delegates at the conference behind them.

The ayes represent a mere 124 out of 300 delegates, and the Oslo group – of which Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is a member – has signalled that it opposes oil drilling in an area that is home to one of Norway’s biggest fishing areas.

Labour programme committee leader Helga Pedersen, said to the paper that “it’s the national congress that will decide”, but that she would argue in favour of making an impact assessment.

She also underlined, that a report favourable to drilling would not necessarily mean that the drilling would start.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe told Stavanger Aftenblad last month he thinks Labour’s yes to an impact assessment is going too far, advocating “more of a cautious approach to this area.”

“The fishermen have stated that they have concerns. We must pay attention to and listen to them,” he said, following the Labour programme committee’s January decision in favour of opening for oil exploration in Lofoten over the next four years.



Published on Tuesday, 19th March, 2013 at 14:28 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: lofotenoil, oildrillingvesteraalen, norwaylabour.





  
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