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Norway is proposing a total heavy oil ban for Svalbard – here’s the reactions as it also fights in court for its right to Arctic oil drilling happening just beyond the archipelago’s boundaries


An expanded ban on ships using heavy oil in all of Svalbard’s waters, instead of just designated nature areas, is generally earning praise from environmentalists after being proposed by Norway’s government this past week.

But as the government awaits public input from other interests the environmentalists are using the proposal to highlight other “hypocritical” government activities such as oil drilling in the region that’s the subject of a landmark lawsuit occurring as the proposal was announced.