Arctic interests clash over mining

The recent discovery of new and potentially lucrative mineral veins containing copper in the mountains above the Repparfjord in Finnmark looks set to stir up more conflicts over natural resources in Northern Norway. The mining company involved wants to dump its tailings in the fjord, and that’s set off protests from the fishing industry and […]

Man charged with plundering silver mine

A 47-year-old man from Drammen known as “Dynamite Harry” has been charged with plundering Norway’s historic silver mines in Kongsberg over the last 20 years, stealing the ore and vandalizing the protected area along the way. The unusual case involves serious violations of Norway’s historic preservation laws as well as pure theft. The man is […]

Stoltenberg basks under Barents sun

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was welcoming dignitaries from around the world to the small northern Norwegian city of Kirkenes this week, to celebrate 20 years of Euro-Arctic cooperation in the Barents region. Now his challenge is to keep the cooperation going, at a time when the government of the region’s heavyweight, Russia, has been reverting […]

Labour backs new Svalbard coal mine

Norway’s Labour Party was attracting more criticism from environmental organizations on Tuesday, after its parliamentary group decided to support the opening of a new coal mine on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The environmentalists call it another example of hypocrisy and double standards. The move, reports newspaper VG, has spurred dissent within Labour and comes […]

Firm strikes gold on Svalbard

After several months analyzing more than three tons of material excavated from Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic, Canadian and Swedish experts have determined there’s gold up north. Store Norske Gull AS, a Norwegian gold mining company and subsidiary of Store Norske AS, was established in 2003 to explore potential gold reserves on Svalbard. […]

Prospects bright for Arctic mining

State officials are seeing gold in the Arctic wilderness. New mining ventures could employ more people in northern Norway’s Finnmark County than the area’s budding oil and gas industry, but lots of conflicting interests are at stake. Newspaper Aftenposten recently reported that rising metal prices may lead to the re-opening of old mines. Mining could […]