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Lofoten oil drilling could be a run race. Norway’s Labour Party (Ap) may drive over any opposition to future Nordland and Troms oil activities at this weekend’s National Party Conference, reports say. The race for an as large as possible majority for an impact assessment is currently taking place in the form of behind-the-scenes activity for a compromise, reports NRK. At the same time, Labour Youth (AUF) leader Eskil Pedersen has been leading an intense Twitter and Instagram campaign to try and avert it.

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Lofoten oil drilling could be a run race

Published on Friday, 19th April, 2013 at 12:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Maria Passarivaki   .

Norway’s Labour Party (Ap) may drive over any opposition to future Nordland and Troms oil activities at this weekend’s National Party Conference, reports say.

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The race for an as large as possible majority for an impact assessment is currently taking place in the form of behind-the-scenes activity for a compromise, reports NRK.

At the same time, Labour Youth (AUF) leader Eskil Pedersen has been leading an intense Twitter and Instagram campaign to try and avert it.

Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg mentioned the oil word in his speech, Friday.

Mr Pedersen followed with his, attempting to convince the some 300 assembled delegates to take the opposite tack.

Political parties in Norway have been in a near-constant state of crisis for more than a year over oil drilling prospects around Lofoten. Resentment is running high.

Some politicians and MPs want to examine the risks and impact of oil exploration off Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja further. AUF and the remaining MPs make up the “no” side.

The debate has also been marked by divisions amongst Labour politicians whether to use the Party whip to push a “yes” vote through.

Sveinung Valle, in Hordland County’s local Party branch is against this.

“I don’t believe in doing politics in this manner,” he told western Norway regional paper Bergens Tidende.

Last month, WWF Norway used Earth Hour 2013 as an opportunity to state its case on the Lofoten matter.

Moreover, Environmental organisation Nature and Youth collected 1,000 signatures against oil activities there after Labour released its new Party programme earlier this year.

Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, on the other hand, wants to reel her Nordland branch members in.

“Nordland’s delegates will be bound by the [existing] decision made at [February’s] Annual Meeting of Nordland Labour, and must vote for an impact assessment,” she said to NRK, Monday.

It is expected the Labour Party will be putting the Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja matter to vote this coming Sunday.



Published on Friday, 19th April, 2013 at 12:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Maria Passarivaki   .

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





  
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