At the time, the NAM probably doesn't realise the symbolic nature of the footage of an induced quake nearby an historical building: an old windmill.
NAM = Shell + ExxonMobil
God’s gift should be consumed as fast as possible, and Groningen needs derricks, lots of them.
A lot is happening: Together with the Dutch government, Shell and Exxon set up an impenetrable structure. It has names like "gas building", "Maatschap Groningen" and "EBN". Nobody really understands how it works, and that's exactly why it is so obscure. Now, in 2016, people have great doubts about this structure, and are asking louder and louder for a parliamentary inquiry.
Gasunie implements an elaborate transportation system, enabling almost everyone in the Netherlands to use natural gas.
In one big operation almost every household is technically prepared for the transition to gas.
Men & Machines circle above the land of law-abiding farmers who have no idea what is going on. Their land is being destroyed. The gas beneath is silently removed.
Thanks to a very handy Napoleonic law dating back to 1810, the government is entitled to the gas, not the land owners.
Even worse: while the rest of the Netherlands is linked to the gas distribution system, the land owners are not, because this wouldn't be “profitable”:
1963 – Willem “Concrete” Meiborg
Nobody notices that the earth starts to tremble almost immediately after exploitation begins.
However, there is one person who warns of possible calamities: Willem “Concrete” Meiborg.
He is ridiculed by the NAM (Shell / Exxon).
Things don't always take the course NAM engineers have in mind. An exploratory drill at 't Haantje (Drenthe) goes horribly wrong. The earth starts rumbling, and seconds later a 45 meter drilling rig sinks into the earth. One might call this a lesson in humility.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands is suffering from the ‘Dutch Disease’
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