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UPDATE 1-Dutch gov’t, Shell and Exxon ignored Groningen risks for years, inquiry finds

UPDATE 1-Dutch gov’t, Shell and Exxon ignored Groningen risks for years, inquiry finds

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AMSTERDAM, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The Dutch government and energy companies Shell and Exxon Mobil ignored the risks of gas production in Groningen for years, to the detriment of people living in the province, a parliamentary inquiry concluded on Friday.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and others involved “gravely underestimated” the urgency of the problems in Groningen, said the committee set up to investigate the decades of lucrative gas extraction that caused tremors damaging thousands of houses and buildings in the region. read more

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