• 3 minutes UAE says four vessels subjected to 'sabotage' near Fujairah port
  • 6 minutes Why is Strait of Hormuz the World's Most Important Oil Artery
  • 8 minutes OPEC is no longer an Apex Predator
  • 12 minutes Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Obama's Attempted Coup Against Trump
  • 1 hour Australian Voters Reject 'Climate Change' Politicians
  • 8 hours Australia Election Summary: "This was the Climate Change Cult Election, and the Climate Change Cult Lost"
  • 34 mins Shale to be profitable in 2019!!!
  • 12 hours Canada's Uncivil Oil War : 78% of Voters Cite *Energy* as the Top Issue
  • 2 hours Global Warming Making The Rich Richer
  • 16 hours IMO2020 To scrub or not to scrub
  • 16 hours California Threatens Ban on ICE Cars
  • 16 hours China Downplays Chances For Trade Talks While U.S. Plays ‘Little Tricks’
  • 2 mins Oil Price Editorial: Beware Of Saudi Oil Tanker Sabotage Stories
  • 2 hours Shell ‘to have commercial wind farms’ by early 2020s
  • 8 hours Misunderstanding between USA and Iran the cause of current stand off, I call BS
  • 16 hours Wonders of Shale- Gas,bringing investments and jobs to the US
  • 8 hours DUG Rockies: Plenty Of Promise, Despite The Politics
  • 12 hours Some Good News on Climate Change Maybe
Alt Text

California Threatens Gasoline Car Ban

California might ban gasoline-powered cars…

Alt Text

Can The Bull Run In Oil Markets Continue?

The market is currently trading…

Joao Peixe

Joao Peixe

Joao is a writer for Oilprice.com

More Info

Trending Discussions

Dutch Town Gives Up on Fossil Fuels

A town in the Netherlands is making history by becoming the first to in Europe to definitively cut ties with fossil fuels companies in a move the industry hopes isn’t going to turn into a Europe-wide trend.

A local court in the Dutch town of Boxtel has raised the stakes for fossil fuels in Europe, ruling against an earlier decision to allow test-drilling for shale, while officials say the town will divest shares in some 200 fossil fuels companies.

Boxtel is a small town in the south of the country and only one of three others where shale exploration was being considered. In August, local authorities asked the court to withdraw the shale gas exploration license of UK-based Cuadrilla, saying too little was known about the potential environmental and health effects of fracking.

Related article: Shell Takes Initial Step Towards Arctic Drilling in 2014

The Dutch government was hoping to begin test-drilling in Boxtel and two other locations in the second half of 2014, and had issued a report in August suggesting that risks associated with fracking could be managed under existing laws.

But the local court agrees with the municipal authorities.

In September, Boxtel became one of the first of 100 municipalities to temporarily ban fracking pending further research into the potential impacts. The temporary ban—a minimum of 18 months--came after Dutch bank Rabobank announced it would not lend money to businesses involved in shale gas extraction due to the environmental risks involved.  

In late October, the local court ruled that the local authorities were wrong to give the green light to test drilling for shale.  

Local government officials have also said the town will divest from over 200 oil, gas and coal companies in which it has shares.

Cuadrilla said it is disappointed by what it categorizes as a delay, but emphasizes it is confident the research will reassure locals that fracking is not dangerous.

Related article: Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons

The Netherlands has one of the lowest shares of renewable energy in Europe. However, the government has set a 14% renewable energy target by 2020, to be achieved through the development of more wind farms, biomass and biofuels.

Local authorities in Boxtel have also announced they will hold a conference in December with municipalities across the country and Europe to urge them to “go fossil free” and dump their coal, oil and gas holdings.

Similar action has already been launched in France, while in the UK, London’s Brent council has said it was seeking to ban fracking in the borough.

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage

Trending Discussions


Leave a comment
  • Larry on November 18 2013 said:
    If they want to ban fracking then they should heat their homes with something else other than natural gas. Fair exchange, and the residents can be proud of their sacrifice.

    Great Europe, let the Eco-Extremists take you back to the Dark Ages.

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News