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Greenpeace loses oil case in Norway's Supreme Court, considers EU appeal

Norway's Supreme Court rules 11 to 4 in favor of the state Tuesday after deciding that the issuance of Arctic oil licenses violated neither the country's own legislation on environment nor infringed upon on the health rights of residents. "We are deeply disappointed," says Greenpeace Project Leader Sune Scheller.

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Late Tuesday morning, the Norwegian Supreme Court ruled against litigation brought by environmental group Greenpeace Nordic and Natur & Ungdom in the country's so-called climate lawsuit – a much-discussed principal case that's been ongoing since 2016 and has passed through several legislative levels.

The whole issue pivots around oil and gas exploration and production licenses issued by the state for the southeastern region of the Barents Sea through a tender held in 2013. However, the country's supreme court has now ruled that the state hasn't violated any of the above.

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