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The North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. wants permission to complete the deal with Rosneft, which is acquiring 30 percent of the Norwegian company in exchange for drilling contracts and onshore drill rigs.


Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The effects of mining -- both beneficial and harmful -- will weigh on voters' minds when they go to the polls.Mia Bennett
Bad news about Beaufort Sea polar bears lends more urgency the call for climate action sooner rather than later.Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
The likely buyer is the state-owned Arctia Shipping Company, even though the icebreaker was intended for the Finnish Transport Agency. YLE News
The mayor of Svalbard's largest community worries that layoffs at the Store Norske coal mine, the archipelago's economic driver, will force a tenth of the population to leave.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Approval is contingent on at least 60 percent domestic ownership of the controversial nuclear plant, parliamentary members say. Fennovoima has already signed a contract with the Russian state-owned nuclear plant provider Rosatom to build the facility.YLE News
The need for a redesign means the first vessel of Russia’s new generation of diesel-engined icebreakers will be delivered at least two years later than originally expected. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
Low coal prices and high costs make times tough for a company mining on Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago...Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
A new documentary series chronicling a Northwest Passage sailing adventure also highlights changes happening in the Arctic because of a warimng climate. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
Residents say the political tensions are between governments, not regular people, and that neighboring Finland remains as popular as ever..YLE News