1 Oct. 2014
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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