Norwegian tanker spills oil in Rotterdam

A Norwegian tanker in the fleet of Bergen-based Odfjell Tankers spilled as much as 217 tons of heavy oil after it collided with the pier Sunday afternoon at the Port of Rotterdam. The company itself described the amount of oil spilled as “considerable.” The accident occurred as the vessel Bow Jubail was maneuvering into the […]

Hydro’s production still cut in Brazil

Norwegian metals firm Norsk Hydro remains under court-imposed production cuts at its troubled aluminum plant in northern Brazil. A federal court has upheld the cuts, which have reduced Hydro’s production by half, on the grounds the plant still doesn’t have a functioning drainage system that can handle heavy rains. Hydro’s Alunorte plant has been disrupted […]

Several cities report bad air quality

Icy streets and sidewalks during the winter prompted city maintenance crews to strew them with lots of gravel and sand so they wouldn’t be so slippery. That, combined with a lack of rain in recent weeks, has sent air quality levels up to “red alert” levels in several Norwegian cities, including Oslo. The pollution wasn’t […]

Hydro’s trouble deepens in Brazil

Large industrial firm Norsk Hydro hadn’t yet received the legal documents, but faces having to defend itself in a civil lawsuit over its alleged pollution of local water supplies around the large Alunorte aluminum refinery it owns and operates in northern Brazil. Local prosecutors are demanding the equivalent of nearly NOK 600 million (USD 77 […]

Hydro apologizes for spills in Brazil

Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro has revealed more cases of spills from its aluminum plant in Brazil, and apologized for what may have fouled the water supply for those living nearby. The company faces fines and regulatory restrictions at its Alunorte plant, along with questions and criticism at home in Norway. “We have discharged untreated […]

Hydro admits to spills in Brazil

Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro has confirmed a series of unlicensed “release” of what it calls “excess rainwater” from its large aluminum plant in Brazil last month. Others including newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) call the release “ulovlige utslipp” (illegal spills) that are suspected of having polluted local water supplies and left the Oslo-based company dealing with […]

Hydro accused of pollution in Brazil

Oslo-based industrial firm Norsk Hydro is fending off accusations that its Hydro Alunorte aluminum plant in northern Brazil has polluted water sources used by the local population. After initially denying the accusations, Hydro has formed an “expert task force” to review the situation, and stresses that it is cooperating with “all relevant authorities.” Both local […]

Stunning sunsets ‘a scream in nature’

As sunshine broke through thick morning fog over the Oslo Fjord on Tuesday, residents may be able to later witness more of the spectacular sunsets that caught lots of attention in the Norwegian capital last week. While stunning to watch, state meteorologists warned that the reason for the phenomenon isn’t as beautiful. Social media has been full […]

Diesel ban extended, no fines issued yet

UPDATED: A combination of cold, still winter weather and poor air quality prompted Oslo city officials to enforce a ban on diesel-driven vehicles in the Norwegian capital for the first time ever. Those caught driving a diesel vehicle on city-owned streets face a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 176). The diesel ban was initially put […]

Complaints rise over Russian air pollution

Russia’s controversial smelter at Nikel, just over the border southeast of Kirkenes, has been a bone of contention for years. It’s been belching up more air pollution than ever this summer, and the local mayor is fed up. “Pollution from Nikel must stop,” Kirkenes Mayor Rune Rafaelsen told The Independent Barents Observer earlier this month. Now he […]