Norway's new government is not done with Lofoten

Even though the Norwegian government has made an agreement with its parliamentary basis not to open up for new drillings in the oil rich Lofoten region, the government plans to review the matter in four years, says Norway's Progress Party.

The battle for Lofoten is over yet, says vice president of Norway's Progress Party, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, who looks set to become the country's next Oil and Energy Minister, to newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

"It hurts that we lost Lofotoen this term. But we'll work toward opening the region in the next term. Now we have four years to come up with solutions for the conflicts that have politically paralyzed this matter," he says, referring to the fact that the two parties forming the government, the Right and the Progress Party, have entered an agreement with Norway's Social Liberal Party (Venstre) and the Christian People's Party to halt the environmental investigations aimed at exploring the region.

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