The Rathenau Instituut found that the focus of the ‘risk and safety’ study was out of sync with the political and public debate about shale gas extraction in the Netherlands. For example, a media analysis showed that, besides safety risks and environmental risks, the debate also focused on how the role of shale gas extraction worldwide affects the Netherlands, as well as on local support (Waes, 2013). Also various members of parliament stressed the need for a broader debate, including the national usefulness and necessity of shale gas extraction, and the location-specific aspects relating to this issue.
van Waes A., A. de Vries, R. van Est & F. Brom, Broadening the debate on shale gas - Guidelines for decision-making based on the Dutch experience. The Hague, Rathenau Instituut 2014