The directors of Dutch oil and gas giant NAM may face up to 15 years in prison should the company end up being prosecuted for earthquake damage to houses in Groningen, according to well-known Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong.
The Public Prosecutor must investigate whether NAM was guilty of damaging housing, possibly creating life threatening situations, in the gas extraction area in Groningen, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden court ruled on Thursday, NOS reports.
The case was filed by the Groninger Bodem Beweging (GBB) an a number of individuals from the gas extraction area. The Groningen residents say they are dealing with, in some cases severe, damage to their homes caused by earthquakes that resulted from years of gas extraction.
Football club SC Twijzel will be prosecuted for the collapse of a stone dugout in Twijzel, Friesland in 2014 in which a 10-year-old girl was killed and five other kids were injured, lawyer Liesbeth Poortman said to NU.nl. Poortman filed an Article 12 procedure on behalf of the victims' families in an effort to force the Public Prosecutor to prosecute. The Arnhem-Leeuwarden court approved the procedure.