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Groningen needs reinforcement: watchdog

Groningen needs reinforcement: watchdog

The repair and reinforcement of Dutch homes damaged by gas-extraction earthquakes in Groningen needed to be speededup, the state supervisor on mines SoDM told economic minister Eric Wiebes.

Monday 2nd July 2018

RTL Nieuws reported that SoDM found approximately 1,900 homes in the region that, if not reinforced quickly, would no longer meet official safety standards. The distinctly Dutch rules state the risk of someone dying in an earthquake must not be higher than the risk of someone drowning in a flood elsewhere in the Netherlands. Another 3,100 homes needed urgent attention and 2,100 others needed temporary reinforcement, at least until 2021, the watchdog reported. Declining output at the natural gas field meant only temporary reinforcement was essential, it added.

Because of Wiebes’ decision to significantly reduce and eventually completely stop gas extraction in Groningen, fewer homes would need reinforcement than initially thought, it said. Wiebes’ decision to cap output by 2020 meant large industrial users from Groningen gas would need to begin to switch. FULL ARTICLE

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