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Labour votes against oil exploration. Majority in favour of permanent oil-free areas outside Lofoten and Vesterålen. Labour (Ap) prime minister Jens Stoltenberg’s home constituency had its AGM this weekend. Yesterday’s resolution against oil and gas activities in the Lofoten and Vesterålen regions was passed by a 25-vote majority.  “The oil industry is clearly the most polluting sector in Norway and accounts for almost a third of climate emissions. In 2010, the management plan for the Barents Sea is up for rotation. Oslo Ap demands permanent oil-free areas outside Lofoten and Vesterålen.” Aftenposten quotes.

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Labour votes against oil exploration

Published on Sunday, 21st March, 2010 at 14:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st March 2010 at 21:18.

Majority in favour of permanent oil-free areas outside Lofoten and Vesterålen.

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Split

Labour (Ap) prime minister Jens Stoltenberg’s home constituency had its AGM this weekend. Yesterday’s resolution against oil and gas activities in the Lofoten and Vesterålen regions was passed by a 25-vote majority.

 “The oil industry is clearly the most polluting sector in Norway and accounts for almost a third of climate emissions. In 2010, the management plan for the Barents Sea is up for rotation. Oslo Ap demands permanent oil-free areas outside Lofoten and Vesterålen.” Aftenposten quotes.

The Centre-Left tri-party coalition government has been deeply split about the issue of oil exploration outside Lofoten and Vesterålen since 2005.

According to NRK even Labour’s county leader for Nordland – in which Lofoten and Vesterålen lie – Tone Toften, says they won’t accept Oslo Ap’s decision.

A matter of time

Snørre Valen, the Socialist Left (SV) Party’s environmental spokesman says they welcome the motion.

“We’re glad to have Oslo Ap as an ally in the fight for an active fishing industry and a renewable future,” he tells Dagbladet.

Stoltenberg, for his part, says he doesn’t see the resolution as a setback, and says they’ll be opened up eventually anyway.

“Ap has disagreed in the past about giving access to new areas and we’re going to proceed gradually in this matter too, as we did in the Barents, Norwegian, and North Seas.”

And Labourite Jonas Gahr Støre, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, tells Aftenposten he’s not surprised.

“Some give clear signals in one direction, other’s give equally definite signals in another. But the AGM’s resolution stands,” he says.



Published on Sunday, 21st March, 2010 at 14:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st March 2010 at 21:18.

This post has the following tags: loftoten, vesteraalen, oil, gas, jonas, gahr, stoere, jens, stoltenberg, labour, ap.





  
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