Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre is against large, new oil exploration operations on the Norwegian shelf but wants to continue mapping existing fields.
On Wednesday, Støre stated that he could not agree with the Green Party’s (MDG) demand. The MDG said that they would not support a government that plans to continue looking for oil.
On the other hand, Støre stated that the AP would not advocate new large exploration operations on undeveloped fields on the shelf.
“There will be no major oil exploration operations on the Norwegian shelf. We have said no to Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja. But in the areas where Norway currently has installations, pipes, rigs, we will continue to map resources. And we believe this is necessary to have the finances to cope with the green shift and bring out the new renewable energy sources,” Støre said.
MDG’s leader, Une Bastholm, has earlier made it clear in the election campaign that the party would not support a budget that opens up for oil exploration activities.
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