With the ruling of Oslo court, Norway’s plans to drill in Arctic will push through now.
The decision will go against the country’s plans to go green, as well as the Paris Agreement.
Oslo’s court ruling comes amid the continuous protest from environmental groups in the country and other foreign organizations.
Recently, Norway unveiled plans to ban the use of oil for heating purposes by 2020, but until then, the country will still drill for oil in places where it feels doing so is justified.
In support of the plan is a recent ruling by Norway’s government, in which an Oslo court approved the country’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.
In a Reuters report, the case was brought forward by environmental groups Greenpeace and Nature and Youth Group, who argued the act of drilling went against citizens’ rights to a healthy environment.
Talking about the group’s calling, they specifically called out a 2015 oil licensing round in the Arctic that awarded gas and oil companies like Chevron, calling it unconstitutional. Their assertion ultimately failed to sway the court, which stated it was “inappropriate” to attempt to use the country’s constitution in their argument (even going so far as to characterize it as a publicity stunt) instead of putting forth better regulations on greenhouse gases.
“The environmental organizations’ argument that the plan violates the Constitution’s Article 112 has not succeeded,” the Oslo district court ruled, according to Reuters. “The state, represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, is exonerated.”
It can be remembered that Norway is not totally lost for the green agenda, in fact, they are named as one of the carbon neutral by 2030, converting all cars to electric, and the construction of an electric highway.
Meanwhile, Norwegian government said it’s taking note of global warming’s effects on ice in the Arctic, and any new drilling projects wouldn’t start for another 10-15 years.
Still, Norway remains one of Europe’s largest producers of oil and gas.