Norway's government wins Arctic oil lawsuitStaff Writer | January 5, 2018
An Oslo court approved Norway's plans for more oil exploration in the Arctic on Thursday, dismissing a lawsuit by environmentalists who had said it violated people's right to a healthy environment.
Oil exploration An Oslo court approved plans
But the Oslo district court said the government's oil and gas plans were acceptable. "The state, represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, is acquitted," it said.
The court ordered the environmental groups to pay the state's legal costs of 580,000 Norwegian crowns ($71,700). Greenpeace said it would decide whether to appeal within the next two weeks.
Norway is Western Europe's largest producer and exporter of oil and gas and plans to keep pumping for decades despite its support for the 2015 Paris climate accord, which aims to end the fossil fuel era this century. ■