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Dutch drop plan to store carbon dioxide under town

Irish citizens who are having the Corrib Gas Pipeline imposed on them despite safety concerns should take note of this news report.

Associated Press, 11.04.10, 10:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government has scrapped plans to pump carbon dioxide into depleted gas fields beneath a town of 43,000 people to reduce emissions blamed for global warming.

Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen said Thursday the plan “is no longer possible in the short term” because it already had been delayed by three years, and had no support from residents.

Homeowners worry housing prices could be hit by fears of CO2 leaks since the storage technology is still experimental. The gas was to be siphoned from a Royal Dutch Shell ( RDSA news people ) oil refinery.

The government had planned to inject 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide starting from 2011 into two depleted gas fields two kilometers (more than a mile) under Barendrecht, a suburb 12 miles (18 kilometers) from Rotterdam.

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