Norwegian Government to allow oil activities at Lofoten

The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy is now a proponent of the controversial oil activities at Lofoten. Oil production in the area is estimated to be able to create 37,000 new jobs.

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Norway’s Minister for Petroleum and Oil, Ola Borten Moe, now supports plans to start off the controversial oil activities at Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja beginning next autumn, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reports.

Now the Minister supports what he calls a careful development in which the oil industry and the fishermen are able to live side by side. The region covers the Nordland VI field which was closed following a conflict in 2001. According to Aftenposten, the Minister finds it fully responsible to open the rest of the areas in Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja but he recommends a pause before further activities following the critical reaction to the decision. Environmentalists and fishermen have long been opposed to oil activities in the region whereas the oil industry thinks the resources should be explored.

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