The final decision on gas extraction from the Wadden Sea is not until March
And outgoing Minister Block expects Cabinet not to make a final decision on the Wadden Sea gas permit until March next year. He said so during a debate in the House of Representatives.
It was announced last month that the outgoing Minister of Economic Affairs intended to allow the Non-Aligned Movement to mine in Turnard. According to him, research has shown that gas extraction is possible in a safe way for people and the environment and that the consequences of the landing are limited.
It is believed that there are no legal options for denial of the permit if all legal requirements are met. “But it is still possible to give opinions that may lead to amendments to draft resolutions,” he wrote to the House of Representatives this week.
The Chamber does its own research
Block’s approach has been widely criticized. Nature organizations, the Provincial Assembly of Friesland and part of the House of Representatives, among others, believe that further gas extractions under the Wadden Sea should no longer be allowed. The House of Representatives itself first conducted forensic inquiries to determine whether the extraction could still be prevented. D66 Representative Bucky, among others, demanded that Blok not take “irreversible measures” before the House of Representatives receives the notice and can debate it.
Block said he couldn’t just interfere with an ongoing procedure, and reiterated that extracting the gas would not cause demonstrable damage. But there are opportunities to hear the voice from both sides and that part is underway. He demanded that the House of Representatives get the investigation to the table in time, so that Cabinet and the House of Representatives can discuss it again in January, for example. The final decision is expected in March.
Million dollar question
Part of the House of Representatives is asking the Cabinet not to grant permission as long as it resigns. But according to Block, this is “not possible under the rule of law”, stressing that the Council of Ministers takes a decision on the authorization on the basis of the conditions laid down by law, whether it concerns transfers money or not.
When asked if Blok expects there to be a missionary government in March, he replied, “That’s it. Million dollar question. What’s interesting is that the room is all about this, and I’m not. “
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