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Minister under pressure over gas extraction as more earthquakes hit


The Labour party on Tuesday called for gas extraction in Groningen to be scaled back 'immediately', putting considerable pressure on economic affairs minister Henk Kamp.

There is now a parliamentary majority for decreasing the amount of gas extracted in the northern province, where there have been eight earthquakes measuring between 1.1 and 3.2 on the Richter scale in the past five days.

Two weeks ago, Kamp held a public meeting in Groningen where he said more clarity would be given on the risk of strong earthquakes as a result of gas drilling. He said then he wanted to know by December whether ga...