Bellona Requires Petroleum-Free Areas

Photo : Genghiskhan Viet | An offshore oil platform

Bellona proposed a joint submission for the management plan for the Barents Sea and areas on the Lofoten Islands. The main conclusion is: do not touch the oil and gas resources.

The management plan for the Barents Sea and Lofoten area to be revised and submitted to Parliament for consideration in 2011. In the submitted report, it was stated that increased knowledge about the natural values outside the vulnerable and valuable areas out of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja is the basis for creating the first permanent petroleum-free areas on the Norwegian continental shelf and an oil accident in the area could have major consequences for nature and industry in the region.

The association's report also pointed out the climate can not tolerate more oil and required that Norwegian authorities must introduce more controls and stronger sanctions.

Lofoten map

About Bellona

Through offices located in Brussels, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Murmansk and Oslo, Bellona works with relevant governments, experts and other NGOs to achieve sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems such as fighting global warming, the clean-up of the Cold War legacy in Russia, and the safety of the oil and gas industry in Europe.

In February 1996, Russian FSB arrested Bellona's Russian expert Alexander Nikitin and charged him with treason through espionage for his contributions to a Bellona report on the nuclear safety within the Russian Northern Fleet.

The Bellona Foundation was sponsored between 2005 and 2008 by the Norwegian oil company Statoil with 500,000 NOK. However, Bellona and Statoil have opposing views on important environmental issues even if they both acknowledge that dialogue can be an important tool in order to promote better environmental standards.

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