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Norway authorized the copper mine to the northern tip of continental Europe

The copper mine is set to open in Kvalsund, a village of painted wooden houses on the Repparfjord with around 1,000 inhabitants. The area contains an estimated 72 million tonnes of copper ore, Norway's largest reserve, according to Nussir ASA, the company which will operate the mine. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: Mikkel Berg-Nordlie
The copper mine is set to open in Kvalsund, a village of painted wooden houses on the Repparfjord with around 1,000 inhabitants. The area contains an estimated 72 million tonnes of copper ore, Norway's largest reserve, according to Nussir ASA, the company which will operate the mine. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: Mikkel Berg-Nordlie
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Markku Björkman - 10 Mar 2019

The Norwegian government authorized the copper mine in Kvalsund, northern Norway. Local reindeer owners find the decision bad. The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, visited nearby Kvalsund in Alta last spring.

In the Arctic, climate change and technology are all about facilitating the extraction of minerals and energy, as well as shipping and tourism. However, actions threaten the traditional way of life.

- The mining project strengthens the industry in the north. Its effects are positive for the local community, and it brings new jobs and skills, says industrial minister Torbjoern Roe Isaksen, according to Reuters.

The group of reindeer owners is considering whether to make a complaint about the decision to build a mine.

The mining company Nussir ASA says that the region has the largest copper ore reserves in Norway, 72 million tonnes. The company plans to invest $ 115 million in the mine and disturb the local life a little.

 

Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic Congo. About half of all mined cobalt comes from DRC, mainly from the province of Katanga. The mining takes place close to towns and villages. Local communities regularly are cut off from their farmland and water sources near mines, without having had a say in the matter. There are several examples of forced relocations of entire villages. Inhabitants of the village Kishiba, for example, were forced to move to make way for Frontier, a cobalt and copper mine. Their new homes in Kimfumpa lack the most basic of services such as clean water, fertile farmland, schools and health care. Photo: ECCJ Secretariat
Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic Congo. About half of all mined cobalt comes from DRC, mainly from the province of Katanga. The mining takes place close to towns and villages. Local communities regularly are cut off from their farmland and water sources near mines, without having had a say in the matter. There are several examples of forced relocations of entire villages. Inhabitants of the village Kishiba, for example, were forced to move to make way for Frontier, a cobalt and copper mine. Their new homes in Kimfumpa lack the most basic of services such as clean water, fertile farmland, schools and health care. Photo: ECCJ Secretariat

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