In 2013 there were two fatal accidents in the mine. In April a Ukrainian worker died after being hit by a falling stone block. In June another worker from Ukraine was killed in a rock fall. In September a worker had to amputate a leg after an accident.
After the last accident the mine was closed and Trust Arktikugol had to pay a NOK 1.3 million (€155,400) fine for violations of the Norwegian Working Environment Act.
The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority has decided that the mine now can start production again. It was the general lack of safety that made the authorities demand the mine to be shut, but since then the Russian company has followed orders from Norwegian authorities, and the situation is changing to the better.
“They are changing the course to get a safer working environment – that is at least the impression we have”, Johan Furebotten from the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority says to NRK. He believes that the changes that have been made, will lead to a decrease in the number of accidents in barentsburg.
The coal mine in Barentsburg was reopened in 2010 after two and a half year break following a fire in 2008, as BarentsObserver reported.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.