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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