A Norwegian company, plans to mine Engebø mountain in south-west Norway for rutile, a titanium mineral used for pigments in paint, plastics and paper.
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment approved in april, 2015, a controversial plan – to dump 250 millions of tonnes of waste and 92600 tonnes of chemicals into Førdefjorden.
Førdefjorden is one of the country’s most important spawning grounds for cod and salmon and a site where whales and porpoises congregate.
The waste will cover 13% of the bottom of the fjord and the seabed is rised with 150 meters. This could mean the end for abundant fishing in the fjord and for the only known coastal spawning area for the endangered species blue ling.
The minerals industry can be a motor for business and jobs in rural areas. And potentially the mine could generate up to 500 jobs – but many of the inhabitants are against.
About 3% of Engebø mountain consists of rutile, which means that 97% of Engebø mountain is crushed into coarse and fine particles, blended with toxic chemicals. Every hour, 24/7, over a period of 50 years, 11 tonnes per minute of this chemically blended waste is to be poured into the fjord.
Environmentalists promised civil disobedience after the governments controversial plan, and people making a living in the fjord are worried that we are going to take a huge risk with nature.
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