NORWAY APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL MINE, PLAN TO DUMP WASTE INTO FJORD

04/20/2015

The Norwegian government approved plans for a controversial mining project that will dump millions of tons of overburden and tailings from Engebø Mountain into Førde Fjord. The mine, operated by Nordic Mining, will extract rutile, a titanium mineral, over a planned 50-year lifetime of the project. Environmental groups, commercial fishing organizations, marine scientists, and political opposition have criticized the government's action, claiming the dumping will harm cod and salmon fisheries, as well as whale and porpoise habitat. Government officials and mine proponents point to the economic benefits of the project and argue that strict environmental controls will minimize ecological damage. At least one environmental group is planning civil disobedience actions in protest. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/17/norway-approves-mines-controversial-plan-to-dump-waste-into-fjord.