Exploration & Production

Oslo court gives Norway green light for further Arctic drilling

A court in Oslo has ruled that the Norwegian government can lawfully award licences to drill for oil in the Arctic.
By Staff reporter 5 January 2018 0 28972

A court in Oslo has ruled that the Norwegian government can lawfully award licences to drill for oil in the Arctic.

The court also rejected a lawsuit filed by environmental groups in mid-November against further drilling in the Barents Sea.

Climate activists lead by Greenpeace and Youth and Nature claimed that Norway’s 2015 Arctic oil licensing round violated the Paris agreement on climate change and the right to a healthy environment, which is enshrined in the Norwegian constitution.

However, the court said the government’s plans were legal,...