Fosen ruling stirs conflict in Northern Norway

An e-mail correspondence between reindeer herders from Øyfjellet, Northern Norway, and license holder Eolus show that disagreements have grown in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision, ruling two Fosen complex wind farms Roan and Storheia invalid in respect to indigenous rights to practice culture.

Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Marte Mjøs Persen during a visit to Fosen is met by protesting reindeer herders. | Photo: Ole Martin Wold/NTB

As Norwegians await an answer to the question of whether wind turbines at two onshore facilities Storheia and Roan will be allowed to remain standing despite an invalid license, word has spread giving hope to the reindeer herders of Northern Norway's Øyfjellet.

The ruling has given locals big hopes that Øyfjellet Wind will be subject to the same fate as Fosen Vind. Now a series of e-mails, of which EnergyWatch holds copies, between Eolus Vind and the Jillen-Njaarke Reindeer District has surfaced after being forwarded to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Sector media Europower Energi has also reported on the matter.

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