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Earthquakes increase in Dutch gas extraction zone.


Iphonista

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Now this story is scary. If it was happening in some impoverished Third World country I wouldn't be surprised. But how can the government of a First World country show such disregard for its citizens? A whole swathe of the Netherlands in the gas extraction zone is now experiencing earth tremors and damage to houses. The government response: sorry, folks - we need the money.

BBC News - Groningen gas fields - the Dutch earthquake zone
 


Franzoni

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Yeah i was reading an article the other day about the growing mortgage crisis in the Netherlands and levels of domestic debt...not looking good for them overall going forward.....can't see them stopping this gas field anytime soon
 

eoghanacht

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Fracking's just great isn't it?


This made me laugh

It is a curse for thousands of inhabitants of an area blessed with vast mineral wealth
So which is it? Are they blessed or cursed?
 

Shpake

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Simple, the smart ones who earn the profits are blessed. The eejits who are left carrying the can and are left behind to clean up the mess, and don't get a piece of the cake are cursed.
 

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Since the start of this year there have been around 49 earthquakes (by my count) in Groningen. It should be noted that most of these quakes have a magnitude of below, or around 1 on the Richter scale. It is quite rare for the earthquake to have a magnitude higher than 2 on the Richter scale, though there have been earthquakes with a magnitude of higher than 3, including one in 2013. These have been very few though, I think 5 at most but I'm far from sure on that.

Fracking's just great isn't it?
Insofar as I am aware fracking was not used in Groningen, nor am I aware of any shale gas being extracted in the Netherlands at this time.

Sources:
Overzicht aardbevingen provincie Groningen in 2013 - RTVNoord.nl
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/world/europe/more-earthquakes-in-loppersum-the-netherlands.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
How long before fracking spreads to Europe? A decade, at least.
Schaliegas | Gaswinning en gasinfrastructuur | Rijksoverheid.nl
 
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Yeah i was reading an article the other day about the growing mortgage crisis in the Netherlands and levels of domestic debt...not looking good for them overall going forward.....can't see them stopping this gas field anytime soon
If its the same article I read, personal debt in the Netherlands is 250% of the average lifetime earnings of a dutch(wo)man. The Dutch may well be the ones to sink the euro.
 

ger12

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I'm not a fan of this technology, but lets not lose perspective. Richter 3 earthquakes are very minor.

Richter magnitude scale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Richter 3 releases about 0.5 Tonnes TnT of energy.
Between pyrite and the serious lack of quality control during the housing boom, I would imagine that were fracking to be allowed here, Richter 3 earthquakes wouldn't be fun for many over here. Perspective.
 

southwestkerry

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Thats life. We need the Gas we need the Oil we need it and if we don't have it we would double complain.
Swk
 

james5001

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At some point, it will run out. Then what?
Quiet you. Less of that long term thinking, more of the ''gimme gimme gimme!'' thinking.
 

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