About 152 thousand of the 212,500 houses and apartments in Groningen are not safe if a major earthquake should strike. That is the conclusion of engineering firm Van Rossum's impact analysis commissioned by the province of Groningen, NRC reports.
The Tweede Kamer's plan that NAM must prove that damage to homes in Groningen was not caused by earthquakes, rather than the other way around, has the residents in the area very happy
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wants to win back the trust of the Groningen residence after the damage and earthquakes caused by gas extraction. And he will do so by following the recommendations of the Safety Board.
In the coming years the Cabinet is going to invest in ensuring that Dutch homes and business are less reliant on natural gas for heating, instead heating properties with renewable heat or leftover heat.
More than 16,000 people signed a petition against the exploration and extraction of gas close to the West Frisian island of Terschelling, the action group GasTvrij Terschelling announced on Sunday.
PvdA leader Diederik Samsom is willing to let the government deficit increase for the safety of Groningen or for tax cuts, he said in an interview Wednesday Het Parool reports.
21 Groningen municipalities are appealing to the Council of State against Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs, VVD) gas extraction decision, NRC reports.
Chris Garrit, the Night Mayor of Groningen, has written a letter to the Commissioner of the King suggesting a new flag for Groningen that will unify the province residents after the recent misfortune with gas extraction and earthquakes.
The reduction in gas extraction in Groningen as well as the low gas price will result in 1.5 to 2 billion euros less for the Dutch treasury this year. This is according to Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Finance, PvdA) who discussed the matter on the talk show Pauw last night.
According to the Safety Board, independent supervision is very important in the decision making process for gas extraction in Groningen. This is one of the recommendations the Safety Board made in the critical report about gas extraction in the province.
The Netherlands will have to import more gas from abroad, including from Russia, in the coming years to compensate for any further reduction in gas extraction in Groningen, Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) said in an interview with the AD.
The government acknowledges and regrets that not enough attention was paid to the safety of Groningen in the past, Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) said in Groningen on behalf of the Cabinet yesterday.
A number of opposition parties yesterday tried to get a debate on gas extraction in Groningen and the risks entailed in it on the agenda before the elections, NU reports. This is following the highly critical report by the Dutch Safety Board on the issue, which was published last week.
There was an earthquake in Appingedam, Groningen this morning, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KMNI) reports. The earthquake happened at 11:03 a.m. and had a magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter scale.
As the gas fields grow empty, the province of Groningen will have more and heavier earthquakes, AD reports. This is according to a scientific report by employees of Shell and the NAM, which was recently published in the scientific journal "Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth".
Groningen Mayor Peter den Oudsten wants a parliamentary inquiry to find out what decisions had been made for his province.
There is a lot of unrest on among Terschelling residents about possible gas drilling in the Wadden Sea.
The gas extraction in Groningen is "very unlikely" to increase in the second half of the year, VVD parliamentary leader Halbe Zijlstra said on Buitenhof yesterday.
Groningen has once again fallen victim to earthquakes. This time two earthquakes in two days.
The PvdA decided to support Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs) new gas decision after all, NU reports. A final decision on the reduction of gas extraction in Groningen will only be made on July 1st.
Groningen citizens sang their provincial national anthem in protest against gas extraction in their region during Thursday's Tweede Kamer (Lower House) parliamentary debate on the issue on Thursday.
PvdA leader Diederik Samsom believes that the gas extraction in Groningen should also be reduced in the second half of 2015. According to Samsom, it is "unthinkable" that the gas extraction will only be reduced until July 1st and will then be increased again, RTV Noord reports.
Minister Henk Kamp announced a package of additional measures that should further enhance the safety and quality of life in Groningen. These measures include a temporary reduction in gas extraction, a National Coordinator, simplified claims and broader compensation measures.