Dutch Gov’t NAM Exxon Shell Game: Delay Delay Delay Court orders to Pay?

Dutch government, Shell and Exxon ignored Groningen risks for years, inquiry finds by Reuters, February 24, 2023, The Globe and Mail

The Dutch government and energy companies Shell SHEL-N -0.86%decrease and Exxon Mobil XOM-N -0.41%decrease ignored the risks of gas production in Groningen for years, to the detriment of people living in the province, a parliamentary inquiry concluded on Friday.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and others involved “gravely underestimated” the urgency of the problems in Groningen, said the committee set up to investigate the decades of lucrative gas extraction that caused tremors damaging thousands of houses and buildings in the region.

The massive Groningen field is operated by Shell and Exxon joint venture NAM and was one of Europe’s major suppliers of natural gas for decades.

“These are hard and painful conclusions,” Rutte told a news conference. “They make clear there is a lot to do to help the region and to hopefully restore trust.”Such Bullshit. Was the inquiry set up to intentionally delay and not pay what the court ordered NAM to pay years ago?!

The government will take time provide a full response to the report, he said without indicating how long that would take.

A statement from NAM director Johan Atema said: “It is clear that we need to have a better eye for the society in which we work. It is up to us to show that we as a company have learned from this.”Bullshit. They don’t give a damn, they were ordered many years ago to pay for the endless damages their greed caused, and just twiddled their noses at the harmed, and court

The government and NAM have previously acknowledged the seismic risks of gas production in the region and promised to compensate victims of the tremors, but they have spent years deciding how to do so.Not about deciding, about lying lying lying to delay with “promises” and “commitments” until the harmed are dead and gone.

Groningen gas production has been cut back significantly over the past decade and will be halted in the coming year because of the threat to life and property from the resulting earth tremors.

That realization, however, came too late, the investigating committee said.

“Gas extraction in Groningen was so successful and lucrative for the Dutch government, Shell and Exxon Mobil that they hardly took any notion of the long-term risks and the ever-clearer signs of the detrimental effects for the people in Groningen,” it said.Same in Alberta, SK, BC, USA, Australia, etc. Just UK did the right thing and banned frac’ing to mitigate quake harms/risks

“The interests of the people in Groningen were structurally ignored.”

The committee estimated that gas profits had delivered €363-billion ($383.84-billion) to the Dutch treasury since production started in the 1960s, laying the foundation for the Dutch welfare state, while Shell and Exxon’s profit was about €66-billion.

The Dutch state and the oil companies must finally make good on their debt to the people of Groningen, the committee said, adding that Prime Minister Rutte had made “empty promises”.They won’t make it right, rapists/frac’ers like the catholic church, Texas, Alberta and Holland never do.

Refer also to:

2019: UK: Unbelievable! Tory Gov’t bans frac’ing! UK decision taken after new scientific study warns it’s not possible to rule out “unacceptable” consequences for those living near frac sites

2018: Netherlands: 50 years after catastrophic blowout, natural gas reservoir still leaking methane into local drinking water aquifer. Water wells are contaminated with enough methane to merit immediate action to prevent explosions

2018: Dutch Court Orders NAM to Immediately Compensate Homeowners in Frac Quake Damages Zone in Groningen for Depreciation even if Homes Not Sold. Will the Corporate Giant Heed the Court? Most Likely Not. Why on earth would NAM heed the court? Courts are powerless when it comes to enforcing their judicial orders against oil and gas giants and their enabling gov’ts/regulators. Orders by judges are lovely but useless daisies blowing pollen in the wind, like Canada’s charter, a bitumen-soaked paper airplane, laughingly tossed out Calgary office towers.

2017: Dutch Quakes Rattle NAM (Exxon, Shell partnership); Judges in Assen rule that NAM is liable for Groningen earthquake victims’ stress; NAM’s Gas Greed and global warming could wipe out Wadden Sea heritage site

2016: Groningen gas field induced earthquakes: Did industry intentionally set up their study to be too small so as to escape paying homeowners the billions of dollars in damages the court ordered paid?

2014: 100,000 Netherlands Homes Harmed by Natural Gas Extraction, Over 700 private homeowners and 12 Groningen housing corporations suing Netherlands Petroleum Company (NAM)

2014: Netherlands: Friesland wants to be compensated for damages caused by drilling; Nearly $2 billion property damages in Groningen from gas drilling induced earthquakes

2013: Netherlands: Friesland wants to be compensated for damages caused by drilling; Nearly $2 billion property damages in Groningen from gas drilling induced earthquakes

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