An agreement was reached between environmental protection group Hraunavinir (‘Lava Friends’) and contractor ÍAV on the latter halting road construction through the Gálgahraun lava field until the court has reached a decision on the operations.
Eldhraun lava field. The photo is unrelated to the story. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
“People of both parties acted respectfully yesterday. They shook hands on the agreement while a police inspector was present and it was recorded on video. I have complete faith in that the agreement with the contractor will stand,” member of Hraunavinir Ómar Ragnarsson told Fréttablaðið.
According to the agreement, ÍAV will in the meantime work on other projects that won’t have an irreversible impact on the lava field.
Further operations in Gálgahraun aren’t scheduled until next week, Ómar stated. However, Hraunavinir will monitor the situation closely, night and day, over the weekend.
The group met director of the Icelandic Road Administration Hreinn Haraldsson yesterday and requested that the road construction be postponed until a conclusion has been reached on the injunction Hraunavinir have tried to impose on the construction of the Gálgahraun road.
The director rejected Hraunavinir’s request. “His answer was interesting. I asked him whether he had considered what would happen if the Road Administration would start the construction but lose the case. He said he hadn’t considered that. He believes to have won the case already,” Ómar stated.
The injunction claim will be handled by the district court in the coming days.