The Oslo District Court ruled that the government may allow Arctic drilling.
The ruling represents a defeat for either Nature and Youth or Greenpeace Nordic, which had argued that allowing the drilling would violate the country’s obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as the Norwegian Constitution.
The two groups had sued the government to invalidate drilling licenses. Nevertheless, they got their request rejected and were sanctioned to pay 580,000 kroner (USD $71,435) in legal fees.
The groups have decried the court’s decision and are considering appeal.