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Dutch farmers protest fracking as govt set to cut gas output

The Dutch government Thursday appeared poised to meet demands to halve production at Europe's biggest gas field, as dozens of farmers mounted tractors to protest damaging earthquakes in the region. Economics Minister Eric Wiebes said he wanted to cut output in the northern Groningen gas field "as soon as possible" to a new recommended level of 12 billion cubic metres. But first he said he wanted to discuss the issue with neighbours France and Germany, hoping to make a decision next month.
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