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Dr. Ruven Fleming: Decision to Cease Gas Production in Groningen - A Legal Perspective

08 March 2018

Europe`s largest onshore gas field in the province of Groningen, Netherlands, will be shut down by 2030, the Dutch government decided last Thursday, 29 March 2018. The decision is the latest in a more-than-decade long saga of resistance against gas production in the Groningen region. Earth tremors and quakes triggered persistent local opposition to gas production. The production company NAM is showing little appetite to challenge the decision in court.

Dr. Ruven Fleming
Dr. Ruven Fleming

In a well-scheduled and orchestrated announcement just before the Easter Holidays, the Dutch government published its decision to phase out the biggest source of gas in the country by 2030. The Netherlands is dependent on gas as its main source of energy. In a press conference premier minister Mark Rutte called it an `important decision´, adding that the repercussions of gas production in Groningen, namely the earth tremors, are no longer acceptable.

Read the entire blog by Dr. Ruven Fleming, Assistant Professor in Energy Law: Dutch Government Decides to Cease Gas Production in Groningen - A Legal Perspective

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