Fracking: Netherlands Moves Closer to Shale Gas Exploitation
From Financial Times
By Matt Steinglass
The findings address one of the principal obstacles to Dutch parliamentary approval for three trial fracking wells to be drilled late next year, and could prove a critical moment in a Europe that is resistant to the practice.
The report by the consultancies Witteveen and Bos, Arcadis, and Fugro acknowledges the risks but says the possibility of groundwater pollution is “very small”, partly because Dutch shale gas reserves lie much deeper than those in the US, at three to four kilometres rather than 1.5.
Mark Rutte, prime minister, and his centre-right Liberal party want to go ahead with the trials, but their coalition partners, the centre-left Labour party, had opposed fracking until the technique could be proven safe.
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