Additional natural gas extraction angered areas of the Netherlands hit by the earthquake

The Dutch government announced that this year it may have to double the amount of natural gas it extracts from the northern province, which has experienced a series of small earthquakes in recent years, which aroused anger.

The Hague, The Netherlands – The Dutch government announced that it may have to double the amount of natural gas it extracts from the northern province this year, which has experienced a series of small earthquakes in recent years, which aroused anger.

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Stef Blok, said on Friday: “I realize that it has proved necessary to extract more natural gas, which disappoints people in the earthquake zone.”

The government has pledged to phase out natural gas extraction in the province of Groningen because the activity has been blamed on the earthquake, which severely damaged houses in the area.

But the Ministry of Economic Affairs said late on Thursday that due to the long-term contract with neighboring Germany and the delay in the construction of facilities to make imported natural gas suitable for use in the Netherlands, the amount of natural gas transported this year may double.

Over the years, a residential lobby group that suffered millions of euros in losses for their houses criticized the news.

The organization said in a statement: “The Groningen Earth Movement believes that the Ministry of Economic Affairs has chosen to further open the gas tap, which is incomprehensible.” “The government should not and cannot take the safety of citizens so lightly.”

The organization stated that plans to reinforce or rebuild damaged houses are progressing slowly, and the planned increase in extraction “means that the insecurity in Groningen will last longer.”

In recent years, the government has reduced the amount of natural gas extracted from Groningen and stated that, assuming no severe winter weather conditions, it will no longer be necessary to extract more natural gas from mid-2022. The few pumping stations that can be quickly reopened when needed will continue to be on standby.

The ministry stated that the government originally expected to pump 3.9 billion cubic meters of water between October 2021 and October 2022. This number may now rise to 7.6 billion cubic meters. The government is expected to make a final decision in April.

The Dutch Ministry said that the increase in demand was partly due to the supply contract with Germany, and energy-saving measures aimed at reducing the use of natural gas in the Netherlands did not reduce consumption as expected.

The ministry said Brock this week urged his German counterparts to do everything possible to ensure that no additional capacity is needed.

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