NAM argues that because the new gas extraction laws are limiting the company’s role, they are therefore less responsible for the consequences of gas extraction.
The natural gas company is calling for economic minister Eric Wiebes’ proposed legislative changes to be adapted to reflect their reduced role. According to Trouw, NAM director Gerald Schotman says, “If NAM is less in control of operations, then we cannot take as much responsibility.”
NAM evidently sees “operational measures at NAM’s own production facilities, such as repairs” as their main role in the future, “not measures that could impact seismic activity.”
The Groninger Gasberaad had previously expressed concerns about NAM being held accountable for their actions. “We are calling for a separate legal article which will state explicitly who is responsible for damage compensation.”