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Dutch government cuts gas drilling in quake-hit region

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government is further cutting production of natural gas in the north of the country in an attempt to reduce the number of small earthquakes blamed on the drilling. Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp announced Tuesday that production in the Groningen region this year will be brought back to 30 billion cubic meters (39.24 billion ...

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BP must remain British, says Whitehall: Kemp

LONDON – “Downing Street has discreetly let it be known in the City that it would oppose any takeover of BP,” the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The prime minister’s office has signaled it would make life difficult for any bidder, although no bid has been mooted yet, the newspaper said (“UK ministers make Gallic gesture to keep the British ...

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Bells toll for Europe’s largest gas field

WESTERWIJTWERD, Netherlands – Dutch church bells that for centuries have tolled to warn of floods across the low-lying countryside are sounding the alarm for a new threat: earthquakes linked to Europe’s largest natural gas field. “Money can buy a lot of things, but a building like this cannot be replaced,” said Jur Bekooy, a civil engineer with the Groningen Old ...

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Louisiana reaches export record of $65.1 billion

BATON ROUGE, La. — The U.S. Department of Commerce says merchandise exports from Louisiana climbed 2.8 percent to a record $65.1 billion in 2014, and new trade agreements could boost those totals in the coming years. The World Trade Center in New Orleans says the 2014 gain marked the sixth consecutive year of export growth for the state, up from ...

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Report: Dutch authorities put gas revenues ahead of safety

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An independent report into natural gas drilling that has triggered a rash of small earthquakes in the northern Netherlands said Wednesday that energy companies and the government put production ahead of people’s safety in their decision making. The Dutch Safety Board reached the conclusion in a report prompted by dozens of small but damaging earthquakes caused ...

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Schlumberger to cut 7.5 percent of workforce in 2015

Worldwide oilfield services giant Schlumberger Ltd. Has announced as a part of its fourth quarter results released on January 15 that the company has decided to cut 9,000 jobs companywide. Schlumberger has offices located in Houston, Paris, London and The Hague (Netherlands). A company spokesman told the Houston Chronicle the cuts are “in response to lower commodity pricing and anticipated ...

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Netherlands finishes first solar bike path

The Netherlands have stepped ahead of other countries in urban-energy infrastructure by being the first to complete their solar pathways which will open for public use this Wednesday. On a special roadway just outside of Amsterdam, bicycling commuters will be able to ride along a path that generates power by the SolaRoad’s panels that will then be distributed into the ...

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Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departed for the Netherlands on Friday nearly a year after Russian authorities seized it during a protest against an oil platform, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said. The Arctic Sunrise left the northern Russian port city of Murmansk and was headed to Amsterdam, Greenpeace International said. The ship was seized by Russian authorities ...

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Canadian firm gets funding for Dutch windmill farm

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Canadian firm says it has raised 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) to build a major new windmill farm 85 kilometers off the Dutch coast near Germany. Northland Power of Toronto said Thursday the 600 megawatt “Gemini” project should be completed in 2017. That’s enough electricity to supply roughly 750,000 Dutch households, if operating at full capacity. ...

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Western leaders gather in bid to isolate Russia

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama gathered with world leaders in a day of delicate diplomacy, as he sought to rally the international community Monday around efforts to isolate Russia following its incursion into Ukraine. Nuclear terrorism was the official topic as Obama and other world leaders streamed in to a convention center in The Hague for a ...

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