Nature and adolescents continue to fight the Engebo project “as long as the permit allows dumping into the ocean”

Last Friday, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry decided to grant Nordic Rutile a license for a mining project by Førdefjord.

At the time, Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre (AP) said: Environmental requirements for driver’s licenses have become stricter.

“The ministry has thoroughly examined the case and concluded that it is necessary to grant the company a license in accordance with the current Mining Act. But the complaint was not in vain. I listened to the environmental movement. We have significantly tightened the environmental requirements for driver’s licenses. It was important to go as far as the mobility allowed, “said Vestre.

For years, the project has been controversial. Environmental groups have fought loudly and relentlessly with the Engebo project, claiming that the mine dumps large amounts of mine waste directly into the fish-rich Fordefjord.

Norway today We contacted Nature and Youth (Natur og Ungdom), one of the project’s most prominent critics, and asked the organization to comment on the latest developments in the case.We talked Simon BalsnessDeputy Director of Nature and Youth.

NT: How would you comment on the decision made by Trade and Industry Minister Jan Christian Vestre in the Nordic mining case last Friday?

SB: I think it’s really weak. It’s timid that he doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity to put an end to this dire project. It is a betrayal of the environment and the community.

NT: Minister Vestre claims that the environmental requirements for driver’s licenses have been “significantly strengthened.” Are you satisfied with this tightening?

SB: (Environmental requirements) have become a little stricter, but not enough. For example, the story of excavators … Fish don’t care if the excavator is electric. It’s all very vague and has no strict limits. As long as the permit allows dumping into the ocean, that’s not enough.

NT: What are the environmental risks associated with the project?

SB: The greatest risk if a project moves forward is the destruction of a healthy fjord ecosystem. But the battle is not over yet. The project is still out of funds. The EFTA Observatory (ESA) is still considering whether Norway violates the Water and Mining Waste Directive.

NT: Will your organization continue to oppose mining operations in the area?

SB: Through civil disobedience, as long as there is a plan for dumping into the ocean, we oppose it. The province has a great focus on the need for sustainable mining in the green transition. However, the excavated rutile is used in white paint. Being in a green transition is not the most important thing. It makes no sense to destroy a healthy fjord for that.

Norway Today has contacted Nordic Mining to get comments on the incident. We will publish it as soon as it is available.

Robin-Ivan Capar is a contributor and editor of Norway Today.

Source: #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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