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Black Gold of Alsace - 01 Sep 2014
Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen of fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15.
FRANCE-OIL/WIDERIMAGE
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October 01, 2014
A working oil pump is seen in Wintzenbach, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration...
WINTZENBACH, France
A working oil pump is seen in Wintzenbach
A working oil pump is seen in Wintzenbach, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
A sign in a forest near Merkwiller-Pechelbronn shows the direction of the world's first ever prospective...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
A sign in a forest near Merkwiller-Pechelbronn shows the direction of the world's first ever prospective...
A sign in a forest near Merkwiller-Pechelbronn shows the direction of the world's first ever prospective oil drilling site, May 7, 2014. The sign reads "first research drilling site for oil of the world". Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Abandoned oil pumps, part of the French Oil Museum collection, are seen near a rusted truck in a storage...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
Abandoned oil pumps, part of the French Oil Museum collection, are seen near a rusted truck in a storage...
Abandoned oil pumps, part of the French Oil Museum collection, are seen near a rusted truck in a storage area of the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 01, 2014
A commemorative sign is seen at the location of the world's first ever prospective oil drilling site,...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
A commemorative sign is seen at the location of the world's first ever prospective oil drilling site...
A commemorative sign is seen at the location of the world's first ever prospective oil drilling site, built in 1813, in a forest near Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Rusted oil pumps, part of the French Oil Museum collection, are seen near the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn,...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
Rusted oil pumps, part of the French Oil Museum collection, are seen near the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn...
Rusted oil pumps, part of the French Oil Museum collection, are seen near the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
A label is seen on a rusted oil pump, part of the French Oil Museum collection, near the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn,...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
A label is seen on a rusted oil pump, part of the French Oil Museum collection, near the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn...
A label is seen on a rusted oil pump, part of the French Oil Museum collection, near the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 01, 2014
An abandoned paraffin wax factory is pictured in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace,...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
An abandoned paraffin wax factory is pictured in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn
An abandoned paraffin wax factory is pictured in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 01, 2014
A rusted barrel is seen in a pond covered with leaked oil, near an abandoned paraffin wax factory, in...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
A rusted barrel is seen in a pond covered with leaked oil, near an abandoned paraffin wax factory in...
A rusted barrel is seen in a pond covered with leaked oil, near an abandoned paraffin wax factory, in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Rusted pipework is seen near an abandoned paraffin wax factory in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn,...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
Rusted pipework is seen near an abandoned paraffin wax factory in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn
Rusted pipework is seen near an abandoned paraffin wax factory in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
An abandoned paraffin wax factory is pictured in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace,...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
An abandoned paraffin wax factory is pictured in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn
An abandoned paraffin wax factory is pictured in a forest in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
A sign on a fence shows the direction for the French Oil Museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014....
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
A sign on a fence shows the direction for the French Oil Museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn
A sign on a fence shows the direction for the French Oil Museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. The sign reads "Oil Museum next to the church". Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Bottled samples of oil by-products from the French Oil Museum collection are seen on display at the museum...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
Bottled samples of oil by-products from the French Oil Museum collection are seen on display at the museum...
Bottled samples of oil by-products from the French Oil Museum collection are seen on display at the museum in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
A stick of wood floats in a pond covered with leaked oil at the site of a former oil well in a forest...
MERKWILLER-PECHELBRONN, France
A stick of wood floats in a pond covered with leaked oil at the site of a former oil well in a forest...
A stick of wood floats in a pond covered with leaked oil at the site of a former oil well in a forest near Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
A working oil pump is seen through fencing in Niederlauterbach, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the...
NIEDERLAUTERBACH, France
A working oil pump is seen through fencing in Niederlauterbach
A working oil pump is seen through fencing in Niederlauterbach, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 01, 2014
Cutting samples, ordered in the depth of their extraction and labelled in metres, are seen at the oil...
Soufflenheim, France
Cutting samples, ordered in the depth of their extraction and labelled in metres, are seen at the oil...
Cutting samples, ordered in the depth of their extraction and labelled in metres, are seen at the oil drilling site of the Millenium Geo-Venture company in Soufflenheim, August 8, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, works near oil tanks at the site of an oil...
OBERLAUTERBACH, France
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, works near oil tanks at the site of an oil...
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, works near oil tanks at the site of an oil well in Oberlauterbach, September 9, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
An employee holds a drill bit at the oil drilling site of the Millenium Geo-Venture company in Soufflenheim,...
Soufflenheim, France
An employee holds a drill bit at the oil drilling site of the Millenium Geo-Venture company in Soufflenheim...
An employee holds a drill bit at the oil drilling site of the Millenium Geo-Venture company in Soufflenheim, August 8, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, takes a sample of oil from an oil well in Oberlauterbach,...
OBERLAUTERBACH, France
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, takes a sample of oil from an oil well in Oberlauterbach...
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, takes a sample of oil from an oil well in Oberlauterbach, September 9, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, checks the level of oil in a tank at the site...
OBERLAUTERBACH, France
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, checks the level of oil in a tank at the site...
Jean-Claude Couchaux, employee at the Oelweg oil company, checks the level of oil in a tank at the site of an oil well in Oberlauterbach, September 9, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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October 01, 2014
Oil pumps are seen in Niederlauterbach, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration...
NIEDERLAUTERBACH, France
Oil pumps on-stream are seen in Niederlauterbach
Oil pumps are seen in Niederlauterbach, May 7, 2014. Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry in the mid-18th century, is witnessing a tentative return of small oil explorers in the eastern region on the German border. With oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again, in a region that once provided 5 percent of French needs and gave birth to international oil services giants such as Schlumberger, before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Picture taken May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENERGY)

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