Shale gas extraction is a controversial topic. At this moment, the Netherlands does not engage in shale gas extraction. The Dutch government is currently investigating the advantages and the necessity of shale gas and if it can be extracted safely.
A number of institutes and water businesses started a joint research project out of their own initiative in order to answer the questions on water management in relation to shale gas extraction. Water management is a vital factor in the development of production locations for shale gas extraction. Especially in the initial phase large volumes of water are required for the so-called fracking of the extraction.
Source: KRW website (in Dutch)