EU Energy Policy

Dutch fracking ban extended to 2016

The Dutch government has extended its shale gas ban until 2016, but the country’s shale gas policy will largely depend on the outcome of an environmental impact assessment to be published in 2015 The Dutch government has extended its shale gas ban until 2016, but the country’s shale gas policy will largely depend on the outcome of an environmental impact assessment to be published in 2015.
By Annemarie Botzki 11 December 2014 0 14435
Dutch PM Mark Rutte’s administration has placed a moratorium on fracking until 2016. (Dave de Vaal)

The government of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte adopted a resolution this week banning shale gas extraction in the Netherlands during the current administration until 2016.

"This means the current moratorium… which was already in place, is extended until 2016," Mariska van de Sanden, associate at law firm Bird & Bird Netherlands, told Interfax.

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kemp will continue his department’s research into the risks and effects of shale to decide whether or not to allow shale gas extraction in the Netherlands. The...