The ministry furious at the gas exploration association in Ternaard, Wadden
GroenLinks describes the interim plan as incredible. “This outgoing cash allows us to start drilling for gas, one of the most harmful fossil fuels. And it is in a unique nature reserve. Does this treasure have no idea of the urgency of the climate catastrophe? MP Laura Promett.
On September 15, the House of Representatives will debate gas and salt extraction from the Wadden Sea. Objections can be submitted until October 7 against the temporary zoning decision.
Three economic affairs ministers have now looked into the issue. Blok’s predecessor, then Minister Van Woot, had already announced in February that the NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij) license could not be legally refused. “The decision-making process requires a lot of care,” Van Woot wrote in the House of Representatives.
The draft decision to extract gas from Tyrnard was already handled by Wiebes, Van ‘t Wout’s predecessor. It was agreed with the Non-Aligned Movement and the regional authorities that the latter would receive 60 million euros in revenue from the Tyrnard gas field if gas production continued against their will.
According to the ministry, there are not yet enough alternatives to natural gas. Therefore, new fields must be exploited.
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