Oslo — Greenpeace and its partners asked Norway’s supreme court on Monday to rule on the legality of the country’s Arctic oil and gas exploration licences, in a case that could block the petroleum industry’s expansion plans.

If the supreme court takes up the case, the decision is likely to determine whether oil firms can search for hydrocarbons off northern Norway, where authorities believe billions of barrels of oil could be found. Two lower courts have found that the government’s plan to drill is legal, rejecting the environmentalists’ claim that it breaches people’s constitutional right to a healthy environment...

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