Finnmark mining protests underway

Government ministers arriving for the weekly Council of State at the Royal Palace on Friday were met by noisy and angry demonstrators, protesting their decision last week to allow a controversial mining and dumping operation in Finnmark. More protests were held through the weekend, in Alta, Tromsø, Hamar, Flekkefjord, Sunndal, Trondheim and Oslo. The decision […]

Sparks fly over Finnmark mining

While local elected officials were celebrating with cake, protests poured in over the Conservative state government’s decision on Thursday to finally allow mining operations on a mountain plateau in Finnmark. It’s expected to generate 300 new jobs in the area, but can also disrupt Samis’ reindeer grazing while dumping debris and tailings into the fjord […]

Mining company allowed to dump in local fjord

Despite protests from the Sami Parliament and several environmental organizations, Norway’s government ministry in charge of climate and environmental issues has allowed a mining company in Northern Norway to operate and dump tailings into a local fjord. Nussir ASA thus won a green light to mine copper at Nussir and Ulveryggen in Kvalsund, Finnmark County. […]

Mining company declares bankruptcy

As many as 400 people lost their jobs in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark on Wednesday, after Sydvaranger Gruve AS announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. The mining company based in Kirkenes has been one of the biggest employers in the area, which also is currently struggling to accommodate thousands of asylum seekers coming over […]

Mine on verge of bankruptcy

The Sydvaranger mining company in Kirkenes is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, its lawyer claims, after a key supplier stopped delivering important reserve parts for mine equipment. The mine, which also faces financial problems, is a major employer in the area and a bankruptcy would seriously hurt the local economy in eastern Finnmark. Newspaper Dagens […]

Opposition grows to fjord dumping

More than 200 young environmental activists and some top politicians gathered along the scenic Førde Fjord in the mountains of western Norway earlier this week, in a fervent effort to keep it that way. They joined local residents who firmly oppose a mining company’s plans to use the fjord as a dump for 250 tons of tailings and chemical […]

‘Sad day for Svalbard’ as mine lays off workers

Around 100 workers at the Store Norske mine on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are being laid off, as a result of low coal prices and cost-cutting needs at the mining company that was founded in 1916. Store Norske still operates three coal mines on Svalbard that together have employed around 340 people. Now a […]

UN: Close coal mines on Svalbard

The United Nations’ Executive Secretary on climate change, Christiana Figueres, said Norway should close down its coal mines on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Figueres visited Ny-Ålesund on the island of Spitsbergen for its annual climate symposium this week, and said the mines were out of step with the climate research programs Svalbard is renowned […]

Controversial mine gets green light

Mining company Nussir received government approval on Thursday for its controversial copper mine at Kvalsund in Finnmark. Plans to harvest rich mineral veins then dump tailings into the fjord below have environmentalists, local fishermen and the Sami community worried, and they’ve vowed to keep fighting against the project. “I think today we have got the […]

Seabed may yield more than oil

A new study has revealed massive gold, silver, copper, zinc, cobalt and lead deposits in the seafloor within Norway’s economic zone. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) estimate the value of the mineral reserves could total more than NOK 430 billion (USD 70 billion). The potential value could reach […]