Environmental groups are back in court to fight Norway’s Arctic oil drilling
Green groups argued before a Norwegian appeals court on Tuesday that the government has violated the constitution by granting oil firms exploration rights in its Arctic waters.
Greenpeace and Norway’s Nature and Youth group filed a complaint against the Norwegian state in 2016 in a lower court to seek to end Arctic oil drilling, but lost in 2018.
The case is part of an emerging branch of law worldwide where plaintiffs try to enlist a nation’s founding principles to limit global warming.
A win in Norway could set a precedent for other climate cases globally and have an impact on exploration in Western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer, the plaintiffs say.