Environment committee approves CO2 storage plan

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Committee okays plan to store CO2 in exhausted underground gas fields in Barendrecht, beneath a residential town.

BARENDRECHT – The CO2 underground storage in Barendrecht has been approved by the independent Committee for Environmental Impact Reporting (MER), despite resistance expressed by the city council.

The MER committee said the plan to store CO2 in gas fields meets all the legal safety norms.

Shell, who has been granted a subsidy by Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer, wants to store CO2 from the Port of Rotterdam in exhausted underground gas fields in Barendrecht, beneath a residential area in town.

Residents of the town, who also opposed strongly to the project, said they were wary of unaware possible side effects that may affect one’s health. They are also worried that house prices will plummet.

The MER, who studied the report commissioned by Shell, it concluded there are no risks any greater than those already faced by all inhabitants of the Rhine delta region.

It also praises Shell for basing its plans on "the best available scientific information and practical know-how" while at the same time advising national and local government to include the project in their disaster management scenarios.

A final decision about the CO2 storage project will be taken in the autumn.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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