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Lava Field Still Protected by Environmentalists

By Iceland Review

“We’re just standing here in front of the machinery and it still hasn’t been moved today. We showed up at the crack of dawn and made a camp. There are approximately thirty of us,” Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, one of the spokesperson’s of Hraunavinir (‘Lava Friends’) told mbl.is this morning.

lava-field-eldhraun_psEldhraun lava field. The photo is unrelated to the story. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Over the past few days, the organization has been blocking construction of a new road through the Gálgahraun lava field leading to the town of Álftanes, in the Reykjavík area.

According to Gunnsteinn, Hraunavinir remained at the site yesterday until the machines were removed. The protestors then camped out during the night, regularly driving by the area and monitoring it with binoculars to ensure that construction didn’t begin in the dark.

Gunnsteinn said that members of Hraunavinir and employees of the contractor did not communicate this morning but the plan was to continue to prevent construction, he said. “Yes, until the case is settled. We are hoping that the director of the Icelandic Road Administration and the minister of the interior go ahead and pull the plug while the case is still in court,” he said, adding that the contractor has been marking archaeological remains with cones so as not to damage them. “Of course that is a good thing; we have no objections to that.”

Hraunavinir have filed suit against the construction on the grounds that it’s illegal and also sought an injunction pending a verdict in the previous case. “Officials denied us an injunction on the grounds that we did not have any legal claim to the case. But this will be contested because we are under the Aarhus Agreement regarding environmental protection, as well as last year’s amendments to the EU contract regarding evaluation of environmental effects,” Gunnsteinn concluded.

Related:

23.09.2013 | Protestors Try to Prevent Road in Lava Field

19.09.2013 | Lava Friends and Contractor Reach Agreement

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