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Dutch court suspends major gas storage project

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The top court in the Netherlands on Monday ordered the suspension of the Bergermeer gas storage project, the largest in Europe, citing objections by environmentalists and local residents.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The top court in the Netherlands on Monday ordered the suspension of the Bergermeer gas storage project, the largest in Europe, citing objections by environmentalists and local residents.

The project, which the government had already approved, faced strong opposition locally because of fears that injecting gas into the depleted gas field -- near Alkmaar in the country's northwest -- could cause strong earth tremors.

The Council of State, the top court, ruled that the project must be temporarily suspended, pending a final ruling, to avoid "irreversible consequences."

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