Articles | Volume 382
Pre-conference publication
22 Apr 2020
Pre-conference publication |  | 22 Apr 2020

On the uncertainties of monitoring subsidence from small sources: Dutch mining regulation on subsidence monitoring and its role in communication and accountability

Mathijs W. Schouten and Johannes A. de Waal


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More than two hundred gas fields under the Dutch soil have been, or are currently being exploited. Here, we discuss some of the specific difficulties of predicting and monitoring subsidence caused by such smaller fields. We keep in mind the purpose of regulation, which is to assure a balance of technical control, and establishing reliability and perception of control on the effects of mining activities. The latter are expressed by realistic uncertainties on any prediction given.