An application for a license under the Marine Energy Act requires the submission of a notification with a proposal for an impact assessment program. The purpose of the assessment program is to inform authorities, interest groups and other stakeholders about the planned development, where it will take place and how it will be implemented and operated.
The proposal for the assessment program is to be sent out for consultation so that professional authorities and interest groups can influence specifications and/or scope of the impact assessment program. A final assessment program will be determined by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The purpose of the impact assessment program is to account for the effects that a major development project has on topics, such as environment, natural resources, cultural monuments, and society. The impact assessment process is to be transparent, and the effects of a development must be made clear to the authorities and interest groups.
in this way, the policy makers will have a good basis for taking their decisions.
Kilde: The Norwegian Government