Oil drilling in the Arctic

Norway is the leading country when it comes to technology for developing and operating oil and gas fields offshore. No wonder when you take the harsh weather conditions into account and how close we are to the Arctic.

BUT, we are also one of the biggest producer and exporter of fish. Our ocean is one of the most fertile biotope for fish. Before we found oil, our greatest asset was fish. Fish is still a major part of our export. We sell fish to 153 countries worldwide.

One of the richest area for the fisheries is the Barents Sea, but it is also the most vulnerable biotope. It is way up North, in the Arctic.

So, what do we do? We drill for oil and gas in an area with the harshest climate imaginable and with one of the most important source for fishing.

What is this government thinking ? Statoil, the biggest oil/gas company in Norway, has found several very promising oil/gas fields much further south, so we have more than enough produce. AND, we are probably the richest country in the world. The so called oil fund is approaching 4000 billion NOK, and we are around 4.500 people in this country. You do the math……………

So, WHY are we taking the risk of destroying huge parts of the Arctic, including our own fisheries, by developing oil/gas fields in the Barents Sea? ONE large oil spill will be an utter disaster in that area, and because it is so far north, it may take 30, 40 or maybe 60 years to reestablish the biotope to normality. As a fisherman said some years ago: “We can eat fish but not oil”. Simple but true. We must not forget that pumping oil/gas will come to an end one day, but we will always have the fish, and we will be dependent on that simple fact. So, why destroy the most sustainable source of income for our country?

The responsibility for this destructive policy lies wholly in our government. The government consist of three parties: The biggest, the Social Democrats (Arbeiderpartiet), and two very small parties; the Socialist Party (SV) and Senterpartiet, earlier called The Farmers Party. Both SV and Senterpartiet are very conscious and focused on the environment. It was therefore quite a shock when the minister for Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe from Senterpartiet (!!) stated that we (Norway), will drill for oil and gas up to the North Pole.

What one minister say may not be that important. My main concern is the policy of this government. Drilling after oil and gas in the Arctic is utter madness.

 

 

 

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4 comments on “Oil drilling in the Arctic

  1. Dina says:

    Thank you for your wise words. We can not destroy the arctic!!
    Greetings
    Dina

    • Jan Eek says:

      I agree. We have enough oil&gas already and the Arctic is so vulnerable and already under attack from blobal warming.

      • Dina says:

        I know the tourism in the Artic is increasing as well, but I have to admit, going there is my numer one wish – it’s on top of my bucket list. Klausbernd went on an Expedition in 2007 and I’d love to do the same. It’s nice to have dreams. 🙂

  2. Jan Eek says:

    I definitely don’t want to discourage you, but tourism in the Arctic, especially around Svalbard, has become a major problem. Pollution, accidents with inexperienced cruise ship crews and polar bears, now trapped without enough ice…….
    BUT, there is hope! You don’t have to take a cruise. There a several other ways to go and experience this fantastic area.

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