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Extra Gas Extraction Angers Dutch Region Hit By Earthquakes

A crack is seen in the wall of a farm after a series of small tremors caused by decades of gas extraction, in Hunzinge, in Groningen province, northern Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The Dutch government has sparked anger in the northern province that has been hit by a string of small earthquakes in recent years by announcing it may have to double the amount of gas it pumps from there region this year. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
A crack is seen in the wall of a farm after a series of small tremors caused by decades of gas extraction, in Hunzinge, in Groningen province, northern Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The Dutch government has sparked anger in the northern province that has been hit by a string of small earthquakes in recent years by announcing it may have to double the amount of gas it pumps from there region this year. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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The Hague, Netherlands (AP) -- The government of the Netherlands has sparked anger by announcing it may have to double the amount of gas it pumps this year from a northern province that experienced a string of small earthquakes in recent years.

“I realize it really is a disappointment for people in the quake region that it has indeed proved necessary to extract more gas,” Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Stef Blok said Friday.