Environmental organizations and concerned climate activists are appealing to the Norwegian Supreme court after a lower court ruled Thursday that oil production in the Barents Sea does not represent a violation of the Norwegian constitution.
“We are happy the Norwegian Court of Appeals acknowledges current and future generations’ right to a healthy environment, and that right also includes the duty to take into account the full emissions from the burning of Norwegian oil, wherever it takes place,” state Frode Pleym, head of Greenpeace Norway. He called that “an important legal victory on the right to a healthy environment under the Norwegian Constitution.”
The appeals court also ruled that climate activists, who have billed their case as “the people against Arctic oil,” will not need to pay the government’s legal costs at either the Oslo County Court or the appeals court.
Greenpeace, Natur og Ungdom and other concerned climate plaintiffs were not so happy, however, that the appeals court did not acknowledge that Norway’s decision to award of 10 oil drilling licenses in the Arctic violated environmental boundaries. Pleym thus claimed that the case requires “further review by the judiciary.”