05/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New NIMBY: Dutch Locals Protest Shell Carbon Storage Project

The outlook for Shell's carbon sequestration plans is not rosy in the town of Barendrecht in the Netherlands. The town's council recently said that it had "numerous reservations" about the demo project, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Because Dutch gas beds are running out of natural gas, there could be room for storing up to 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by 2020, according to the Journal. 2

But, as the Wall Street Journals Guy Chazan reports, environmentalists have been protesting the plan ever since Shell said it no longer planned big investments in wind and solar energy. As if the technical challenges of making carbon capture and storage werent enough, having to overcome the local opposition hurdle could turn into a real nail in the coffin. For the time being, Shell wont be able to test their technology even on a small scale. Initially, Shell will be pumping only about 400,000 tonnes of CO2 a year into its gas fields, or about 0.2% of the Netherlands' total annual emissions of the pollutant. But with lots of aging natural gas reservoirs coming to the end of their productive life, the Netherlands has vast potential for carbon storage. 1
  1. New NIMBY: Dutch Locals Protest Shell Carbon Storage Project (Environmental Capital (WSJ))
  2. Dutch Protest Carbon-trapping Demo Project (The Great Beyond (nature))