The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 08/26/2013 2:58 AM | Comments: 0
AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government is trying to allay environmental and safety concerns about extracting the country's shale gas reserves, saying an independent study has found that the resources can be exploited safely.
Economic Affairs minister Henk Kamp said Monday the study by engineering group Witteveen & Bos found current safety and environmental laws were sufficient to cover any risks and test drilling is necessary to determine the potential importance of the resource for the Dutch economy.
This fall, Parliament will debate whether test drilling should be given the go-ahead, with the swing vote likely to be the centre-left Labor Party, which has shifted its position on shale gas several times.
A 2011 attempt at test drilling in Netherlands in the eastern city of Boxtel foundered over legal challenges and local opposition.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
No charges laid against man who killed teen mugger
Donated coins buy Christmas cheer
Newest Jet to meet teammates on game ice
Two elderly pedestrians struck by vehicle near McPhillips and Jarvis
Man charged with human trafficking in connection with Brandon sex trade
Portage RCMP charge woman with second-degree murder
Police-union president supports probe
Manitoba lags behind other provinces in organ donations
Western Canadian Aviation Museum earns royal designation
Conference on civilian internment to be first of its kind in Canada
Manitoba inflation rate declines
Jets to broadcast Teemu Selanne Tribute Night at MTS Centre
Feds charge too much for pot, users say
Retail sales soften in October
Perseverance paying off for Jets' D-man Brouillette
Free transit to be offered on New Year's Eve
After school massacre, 2 Pakistan militants hanged
Mild weather moves in just before Christmas
Humane society CEO will make his exit
WAG hires Seema Hollenberg
Palestinians call Canada on Geneva boycott
Exact cause of fire at seniors' home unknown
Majority still have holiday shopping to do
8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting
Observers say new rules will put more women on boards
HuffPost seeks slot on Canadian TV dial
Magnotta jury deliberations into Day 4
Wynne hopes Harper has no Ontario 'vendetta'
Ottawa police say 101-year-old man robbed
Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones
HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption
BlackBerry struggles on revenue, narrows loss
It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis'
Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing
Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'
Inflation rate slows to 2.0% in November