OSLO, Norway --Norwegian environmental foundation Bellona has filed charges against the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), accusing it of violating Norway's Pollution Act.
This follows the summer acquisition of seismic data commissioned by NPD to increase knowledge of petroleum resources, in waters outside the environmentally sensitive Lofoten and Vesteraalen regions (Nordland VII and Troms II). However, NPD claims this program was in line with regulations and in accordance with a resolution by the country's parliament (Storting).
NPD points out that the Storting openly allocated around $12.04 million for the campaign, and the data-gathering period was chosen following consultations with Norway's Directorate of Fisheries, Institute of Marine Research, and various fishermen's organizations. The main aim was ensure the work did not coincide with fish-spawning periods.