THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government announced Tuesday that it expects to stop extracting gas from a vast underground field in the country’s north by mid-2022, ending decades of lucrative drilling.
The government has been under pressure to halt gas extraction in Groningen province because it has caused a series of earthquakes that have badly damaged thousands of homes in the region in recent years.
Last year, the government said it planned to fully stop drilling by 2030.
Economic Affairs and Climate Minister Eric Wiebes informed Dutch lawmakers of the likely end of drilling in the Groningen gas field in a letter to parliament.
“Phasing out gas extraction is the way to tackle the earthquake problems at the source,” Wiebes said. “Groningen will become safer because of this accelerated phasing out.”
He said that if 2022 proves to be an unusually cold year then a small amount of gas may still be extracted.