"The Dutch province of Groningen, which sits on the Slochteren natural gas deposit, was hit by two earthquakes as pressure grows on Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. Two quakes measuring 3.2 and 2.7 on the Richter scale struck the area just before midnight and in the early morning today to cut output amid forecasts for heavier temblors. ... NAM, the Dutch gas-production venture of Shell and Exxon that operates the Slochteren field, said today in a statement that it will compensate all damage resulting from the quakes. The company has set aside 100 million euros for claims ... 'Earthquakes have taken place in the northern Netherlands since 1986 and have been linked by experts to gas production' ... The strength of earthquakes triggered by gas production in the region may rise to 5 on the Richter scale, according to a study released last month by the State Supervision of Mining at the Ministry of Economic Affairs ... The Dutch parliament discussed the risks of gas production yesterday as municipalities and the executives of the province council urge the government and field operators to lower output and slow activity."
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