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Groningen gas: 80% of the homes in this village are being demolished

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Groningen gas: 80% of the homes in this village are being demolished

June 14, 2021 – By Pierre Felcenloben

In Groningen, work is continuing to clear up the damage caused by extracting millions of cubic metres of gas from under the province. For the residents of the village of Overschild, this means demolishing and rebuilding almost every building. 

Thousands of people have been affected by damage to their homes due to subsidence in the region, which sits above Europe’s largest gas field and has been exploited by NAM, a joint venture set up by Shell and Esso, since 1963.

In 2018 the government agreed to stop gas production by 2030, having previously promised to scale back extraction. More than 1,000 quakes of up to 3.6 on the Richter scale have hit the province since 1986 and more than 9,000 claims for damages have been submitted by people who say their houses have been damaged.

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