A majority in the north against oil exploration in Lofoten

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A majority in Northern Norway says no to oil drilling off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja, according to a new poll.

Among those surveyed in a poll by Nordlys, 54.7 percent said they are against oil drilling in the so-called LoVeSe area. Only 28 percent are positive towards the idea, while 17.3 have not made up their minds.

In Finnmark there is more positive towards the idea than the inhabitants of the directly affected counties in Nordland and Troms.

The central left party opposes opening LoVeSe for oil drilling and Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes rejoiced over the results of the measurements.

– This should be a clear signal to the Labor Party, which has agreed to an environmental impact assessment. I hope Støre listens to northerners. We do not want oil drilling here, says Fylkesnes.

Also there are questions about the impact assessment. There are 48.8 percent corresponding negative feelings regarding the issue, only 37.6 percent feel positively about the issue and 13.6 percent “do not know”.

– We northerners do not want to open up new offshore areas for oil drilling.

We are thinking bigger and more long-term and know that the ocean has more resources than oil drilling it can give us, says The central left-politician.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today