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Risky with oil and gas off Lofoten. Environmental organisation’s leader criticises report for gaps in proficiency. Today, Erik Solheim, the Socialist Left’s (SV) Environment Minister, received the long-awaited report about the impact of oil and gas activities off Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja in Northern Norway.Major impact Whilst he thanks the various groups who compiled it for their work, the environmental consequences make things look uncertain for now.

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Risky with oil and gas off Lofoten

Published on Thursday, 15th April, 2010 at 15:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th April 2010 at 12:14.

Environmental organisation’s leader criticises report for gaps in proficiency.

Erik Solheim
Erik Solheim
Photo: Tore Berntsen/Ministry of the Environment


Today, Erik Solheim, the Socialist Left’s (SV) Environment Minister, received the long-awaited report about the impact of oil and gas activities off Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja in Northern Norway.

Major impact

Whilst he thanks the various groups who compiled it for their work, the environmental consequences make things look uncertain for now.

Whilst its main conclusions are that levels of the most important fish stocks are high, the numbers of most breeds of sea bird breeds has declined at an alarmingly rapid rate.

“The probability of accidents related to ship traffic or petroleum activity is estimated to be low, but their impact on the environment and society could be significant,” the Environment Ministry says in a press statement.

It’s believed the area off Lofoten could hold approximately 20 percent of the Norwegian continental shelf’s undiscovered oil and natural gas reserves.

Global consequences

Frederic Hauge, head of Bellona, criticises the report, claiming it uncovers major gaps in knowledge of the region.

“Today’s report reinforces the picture of the Lofoten islands and the Barents Sea as vulnerable areas that shouldn’t be subjected to more stressful activity,” he says in a press release.

He claims the environmental costs mentioned in the report give further weight to arguments for conservation.

Meanwhile, Solheim believes it difficult to forecast how oil and gas activities will affect the environment, and ocean acidification levels.

“The consequences of climate change and levels of ocean acidification are what we know least about,” he says.




Published on Thursday, 15th April, 2010 at 15:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th April 2010 at 12:14.

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





  
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