Norway: Environmental NGOs file case against govt. over climate impacts of Arctic oil exploration

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2 November 2016

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Author: Nature & Youth and Greenpeace Nordic

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2 November 2016

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Author: Greenpeace

"Historic lawsuit against Arctic oil," 18 Oct 2016

…[A]n unprecedented legal case was filed against the Norwegian government for allowing oil companies to drill for new oil in the Arctic Barents Sea. The plaintiffs, Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic, argue that Norway thereby violates the Paris Agreement and the people's constitutional right to a healthy and safe environment for future generations…The lawsuit demands that Norway uphold its constitutional guarantee for future generations as it is written in article 112 of Norway´s Constitution…Norway was among the first…to ratify the Paris Agreement which is about to enter into force. By ratifying, Norway has promised to…help limiting the temperature increase to 1.5°C. At the same time Norway has opened up new oil licence rounds, allowing…Statoil and other oil companies to start a major new exploration campaign in the Barents Sea, where they want to drill up to 7 new exploratory wells in 2017…The 13 oil companies that have new license blocks in the Barents Sea are: Statoil…Capricorn…Centrica…Chevron…ConocoPhillips…DEA…Aker BP…Idemitsu…LUKOIL…Lundin Petroleum…OMV…PGNiG…Tullow...

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