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NAM Groningen: A Gas Cache, Now Under Shaky Ground

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 10.47.36Extract from a New York Times article by Stanley Reed published in print on 5 June 2014

LOPPERSUM, the Netherlands — Deep below the cow pastures and farming villages in this picturesque northeastern corner of the Netherlands lies an extraordinary resource: Europe’s largest source of natural gas, known as the Groningen gas field. But as it enters old age, Groningen has grown cranky. A half-century of extraction has reduced the field’s natural pressure in recent years, and seismic shifts from geological settling have set off increasingly frequent earthquakes — more than 120 last year, and at least 40 this year. Though most of the tremors have been small, and resulted in no reported deaths or serious injuries, they have caused widespread damage to buildings, endangered nearby dikes and frightened and angered local residents. In light of those problems, the Dutch government is now demanding that the field’s operator, *a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil, curtail production… read more

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Shell Explosion Damage ‘Significant’

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Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from an article by Maxime Zech published 5 June 2014 by NLTimes.nl

The damage left after the explosion of a reactor and subsequent fire at the Shell site in Moerdijk are “significant”, according to Shell Moerdijk director Paul Buijsingh. There may be millions of euros in damage. Buijsingh is expecting that the recovery will take a long time. Mayor of Moerdijk, Jac Klijs, said at a press conference that there was no need to sound the air-raid warning. “We knew quickly what was in the air, that was dangerous substances. read more

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