No extraction of shale gas during the next five years………… in the Netherlands

No drilling for shale gas will take place in the Netherlands during the current cabinet term. No commercial exploration or extraction of shale gas will take place in the Netherlands over the next five years. Existing licences for exploration activities relating to shale gas will not be renewed.

These announcements were made by Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs, on Friday. The cabinet will decide at the end of the year whether or not it is desirable to keep shale gas as a broad option for the Netherlands in the future.

The studies have demonstrated that there is also great uncertainty regarding the effects of drilling for shale gas deep below the surface of the ground.