Should Iceland's Energy Resources Be Public Property? - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Should Iceland’s Energy Resources Be Public Property?

Published February 16, 2011

The National Association of Landowners is hosting a seminar tomorrow on the much-debated topic of whether Iceland’s energy resources should be public property rather than private property. 

At the seminar, University of Iceland Professor of Law Sigurður Líndal will discuss the concept of “public property,” and University of Reykjavík Professor of Law Sigurður Tómas Magnússon will follow with a discussion of what that would entail.

The current legal framework surrounding ownership of resources, such as geothermal energy, is tied to land ownership. Recently there has been discussion of changing this and nearly fifty thousand people have signed a petition asking the government for a referendum on the decision. The petition also calls on the government to stop the sale of HS Orka to Magma Energy Sweden.

The seminar begins at 15:30at Hotel Saga, following The National Association of Landowners’ general meeting at 14.

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