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Minister under pressure over gas extraction as more earthquakes hit

Tuesday 12 February 2013

The Labour party on Tuesday called for gas extraction in Groningen to be scaled back 'immediately', putting considerable pressure on economic affairs minister Henk Kamp.

There is now a parliamentary majority for decreasing the amount of gas extracted in the northern province, where there have been eight earthquakes measuring between 1.1 and 3.2 on the Richter scale in the past five days.

Two weeks ago, Kamp held a public meeting in Groningen where he said more clarity would be given on the risk of strong earthquakes as a result of gas drilling. He said then he wanted to know by December whether gas group NAM can lower the risk by finding an alternative way of extracting the gas.

Labour MP Jan Vos said on Monday evening his party now wants a reduction in gas extraction 'within months'. This brings to six the number of opposition parties calling for a quick resolution of the problem.

Meanwhile, 1,500 people have made claims for damages since the series of earthquakes began last Thursday. NAM is making €100m available for repair work and for strengthening buildings in the area.


© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Its called fracking and is a disaster worldwide.I have come to notice that you are not allowed to mention fracking is theses articles.

By Jason | 12 February 2013 11:38 AM

No it is not because of fracking. The Groningen gasfield isn't shale gas. The gas supply isn't embedded in rocks, so there is no need for fracking.

By pepe | 12 February 2013 7:03 PM

@Jason: I agree also, fracking does not appear in spelling check yet, least not Win7 version: perhaps the reason for using the term, 'extraction' for this article, a term more suited to dentistry?

By The visitor | 13 February 2013 3:25 AM


It's a fracking disgrace.


By Grumpy old man | 13 February 2013 8:55 AM

Now one would assume that the first related earthquake would have immediately banned any further extraction? It beggars belief that, there have been 8 in total. So what does it take to bring people to their senses, it's interesting that where there is profit to be made, all else is ignored. What we need is for our politicians to be right at the epicenter when the big one goes off, that would shake them to their senses.

By The gas man | 13 February 2013 9:05 AM

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