They point, among other things, to a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which called for a halt to new production of fossil fuels. They also cite the International Conference for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which passed a motion urging the Dutch government not to drill for gas in the Wadden Sea.
“The Minister must refuse the permit”
Candidates Jochem Knoll (Gronlinks) and Hetty Jansen (PvdA) also wrote: “The Nature Conservation Act (Wnb) requires that all impacts of gas extraction on nature in the Wadden Sea be fully considered and scientifically proven. This is reason enough as requested by the EZK Standing Committee of For the House of Representatives, the Wadden Academy has issued an independent legal advisory on the options available to the Minister to deny a permit to extract gas under the Wadden Sea. Very clear: A Minister cannot deny a permit under the Nature Conservation Act. This advice is very clear and we hope that the House and Minister will follow this advice.”
The area you don’t want
As it is written that the majority of the states, Wetterskip Fryslân, the municipality of Noardeast-Fryslân, natural organizations, agricultural organizations and residents of the area are all opposed to gas extraction under the Wadden Sea near Turnard.
“We have seen and understood that the Minister of EZK (currently Mr. Block) is ignoring these advice, calls and statements from the District, arguing that the Mining Act has its own procedures that it must follow. Wadden Academy cannot ignore the Minister. We support that of the District with this view,” As Noll and Janssen say on behalf of various members of the party.
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