On 9 January, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) considered the government’s proposal for opening an area for mineral activities on the Norwegian continental shelf. With the parliament’s decision, the basis is now laid for a gradual and responsible development of seabed minerals, based on a precautionary approach.
– An opening initially means that industrial players can be awarded licenses to map and explore for minerals in a limited area, not to extract. There is a need to gather more knowledge and to investigate whether it is possible to proceed with extraction in a responsible and sustainable manner, says Minister of Energy, Mr. Terje Aasland.
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