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Northeast Iceland Farmer against Giant Port

Reimar Sigurjónsson at Fell, the last farmer in Finnafjörður, a fjord on Langanes peninsula in Northeast Iceland, is against plans of constructing a giant harbor in the fjord. He expressed his opposition at a meeting with representatives of Langanesbyggð and Vopnafjarðarhreppur municipalities and other land owners in the area on Tuesday.

langanes_psLanganes. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

“I’m absolutely against these plans and I believe that they will destroy the fjord. There are many things that need to be considered in connection with this project, including possible pollution. A big sacrifice will be made for little long-term gain and we won’t live in a peaceful fjord after this, Reimar told Fréttablaðið.

The municipalities in the region launched a collaboration with German company Bremenport this summer, which is planning to undertake research in the area and subsequently decide whether to build a giant harbor there.

Reimar pointed out that the general land use plan for Langanesbyggð assumes that the project will be carried out. “The plan was six years in the making and in all those years direct contact with landowners in the area was never established.”

Director of Langanesbyggð municipality Ólafur Steinarsson stated research for the project will not be carried out unless landowners have approved it first.

“We will try to establish a good and close collaboration with landowners in the area,” Ólafur maintained, adding that the project will be presented to inhabitants in the region in October.

Related:

28.08.2013 | International Port to be Built in North Iceland?

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