Mensink is angry. Once again he has the feeling that Tukkers’ emotions and sentiments are being played with. Since 2011, NAM has been injecting chemically polluted waste water from the oil extraction in Schoonebeek into the deep soil of Twente.
“Now suddenly they come up with the comment that it is unfairly distributed. Twente has the costs but not the benefits and that is why they want to leave here. Yes, thank you, the cuckoo! We have been saying that all these years, we don’t feel like it to sit on a waste pit of the NAM in Twente for centuries.”
First permits in Drenthe
The Stop Afvalwater Twente foundation does not want to sit back now, awaiting the departure of the NAM. Because board member Simon Vroemen warns that this could take a while. “First we have to complete the permit process in Drenthe and Emmen.”
From now on, the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij wants to pump the wastewater back into the ground in the region where it is also extracted from the ground. That is in the Schoonebeekveld or at least close by. “We hope, of course, that that can go quickly and then we can quickly leave Twente,” said Vroemen.
Media campaign in preparation
Stop Afvalwater Twente now wants to step up the fight. The NAM wants to continue to inject in Twente as long as the permits in Drenthe have not yet been arranged. The NAM wants to prevent the cessation of oil extraction, because that would cost a lot of employment in Schoonebeek. Moreover, according to Simon Vroemen, NAM runs the risk that the oil field will cool down and the oil will then become almost impossible to get out of the ground.
Freddy Mensink: “We are preparing a major media campaign in which we involve the inhabitants of Twente in more and different ways with the problem that we are all dealing with.”
Reach more people
The media campaign is led by advertising agency Artica from Ootmarsum. Creative director Hans Snoeijink explains: “We want to make it clear with a large campaign that Twente is fed up. We want to appeal to new target groups by investing much more on social media channels.”
Comedian Herman Finkers has also joined the campaign. “It is important to continue right now. This is our environment, our birthplace. We cannot allow the NAM to continue to discharge that dirty water here as long as the permits in Drenthe have not been arranged.”
Finkers and the foundation want the minister to implement what the House of Representatives already requested in December: “Stop the wastewater injection until it is clear that the wastewater can be treated.”
The battle for the Stop Afvalwater Twente foundation is therefore far from over. Mensink: “In fact, it really starts now!”
In the meantime, people can still sign the petition that the foundation has started. You can find that petition here.