Norway to allow mining waste to be dumped in fjords, Environmental campaigners say move will threaten marine life and put biodiversity at risk by Elisabeth Ulven and Tone Sutterud, Fri 12 Jan 2024, The Guardian
Norway is to allow mining waste to be dumped in its fjords after the government won a court case against environmental organisations trying to block the plan.
After a 15-year dispute, the private company Nordic Mining has been given the go-ahead to dispose of 170m tonnes of mining waste at the bottom of the Førde fjord, which critics say will threaten marine life and put biodiversity at risk.
Norway joins only two other countries – Papua New Guinea and Turkey – that still grant new licences for marine waste disposal.
The court ordered Friends of the Earth Norway and Nature and Youth, the two environmental organisations who brought the case, to pay legal costs of about £110,000. They could still take the case to the court of appeal, but say their resources are currently too diminished to continue the fight, though they are hoping for external support.
He said the verdict might discourage future lawsuits aimed at protecting the environment against commercial forces.Of course! That’s the judges’ intent! Serving the rich means getting rid of pesky concerns by the citizenry about survival of others species; harmful pollution; public health and safe food; corporate, judicial and political greed pissing on the law and environmental rights; etc.
Critics have accused the government of ignoring its own advisers, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.Sounds just like Canada!
Geir Huse, a senior scientist at the institute, said: “Our role is to do research and advise the administration about the likely consequences, but it’s up to the politicians and the administration to make the decisions.
Huse said the fjord was an important breeding ground for cod as well a migration route for salmon from four rivers, and pointed to the risk of fine particles being dispersed over a wider expanse of the sea.
“There is a great probability that they will spread beyond the fjord with unknown consequences,” he said.That’s OK. The rich miners, judges and politicians in Norway will buy and eat imported fish from Canada, thinking it’s safe, clean and unpolluted by human greed and corruption.
Nordic Mining will extract garnet, a unique mineral used as an abrasive, and rutile, an oxide mineral composed of titanium dioxide, which is used in paint, cosmetics, medical implants and artificial joints among other things.
The company has been granted permission to dispose of 4m tonnes of waste a year, but the Nordic Mining chief executive, Ivar S Fossum, said the company was planning to dispose of 1.2m tonnes a year. The area designated for the disposal is 4 sq km, covering 4% of the bottom of the fjord.
Gulowsen said: “It’s frightening that the judicial system shows so little understanding for environmental rights.” The plaintiffs claimed the verdict was in breach of the EU’s water framework directive, which they claimed in this case had been misinterpreted.
“It’s embarrassing that Norway is still practising marine waste disposal,” Gulowsen said. “Perhaps it shows an old-fashioned attitude to the sea, treating it like ‘What is out of sight is out of mind’. This is the direct opposite of what should be expected of a seafaring nation.”
Earlier this week, Norway faced criticism after parliament voted to allow commercial deep sea mining on its seabed, despite warnings that it could be devastating to marine life.
A Norwegian government spokesperson said: “There has never been any disagreement that mining tailings have environmental consequences whether they are disposed on land or in water. In the case at hand the parties agreed that land disposal was not a better environmental option than sea tailings disposal. There are currently no alternatives for storing such volumes of mine tailings.”
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2018: Drilling, Frac’ing, Mining, Spills, Corporate Law Violations & Toxic Waste Dumping Everywhere with Water Gone or Gone Bad Everywhere too. Where are the courts? Busy lying, gagging the harmed, protecting water abusers and their enablers – the “regulators.”
… In northern B.C., Imperial Metals plans to enclose a remote watershed valley to hold tailings from a gold and copper mine. The valley lies in what the native Tahltan people call the “Sacred Headwaters” of three major salmon rivers. It also serves as spawning grounds for the rainbow trout of Kluela Lake, which is downstream from the dump site. …
Never mind all the toxic pollution from fish farms and the military dumping masses of killer chemicals in sensitive marine environments along Canadian coasts.