Shale gas extraction deemed manageable in the Netherlands

02Sep / 2013

Shale gas extraction deemed manageable in the Netherlands

A recent report commissioned by Henk Kamp, the Dutch minister for economic affairs, has found that risks of shale gas extraction in the Netherlands are manageable.

He has referred the report to the Netherlands Commission, who will provide an environmental assessment by the end of September.

Natural gas currently makes up 45% of the Netherland’s energy consumption.  Estimates of the Netherland’s shale gas reserves range between 200 and 500 billion m3, meaning extraction of shale gas will take the country one step closer to longer term energy security.

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