By Paul Homewood
h/t Patsy Lacey
Apparently Norway don’t read Ambrose Evans-Pritchard!
Norway on Wednesday proposed to open up a record number of blocks in the Barents Sea to oil exploration despite protests from environmentalists and others fearing possible damage to the Arctic region.
The Norwegian oil and energy ministry offered oil companies 93 blocks in the Barents Sea and nine others in the Norwegian Sea, all located beyond the Arctic Circle.
“New (KOSDAQ: 160550.KQ – news) exploration acreage promotes long-term activity, value creation and profitable employment in the petroleum industry across the country,” Energy Minister Terje Soviknes, a member of the right-wing government, said in a statement.
Public bodies such as the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Directorate of Fisheries and the Norwegian Polar Institute had opposed the opening of several dozens of these blocks, wary of their proximity to the sea ice and the effect of disruptive surveying…
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