Netherlands: Thousands fired up over gas drilling after quake

Approximately 10,000 people rallied in the Dutch city of Groningen on Friday to protest against gas drilling in the province. For years drilling conducted by the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) has caused numerous earthquakes, most notably a 3.4 quake on January 8, the hardest to hit the province since 2012. Demonstrators marched through the city holding torches and calling on the Dutch... Еще government to speed up the damage claims process and end drilling altogether. Government officials have received an estimated 1300 damage reports. Last weekend, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologised for slow governmental response and blamed it partially on lengthy coalition talks that took place after elections last year. In response to this, Dutch MP Jesse Klaver said that “it isn’t right to hide behind an excuse, whatever the excuse may be. Regardless if it has to do with the forming of a new coalition. The point is that people have been waiting too long to receive compensation for the damages that have been caused.”

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