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A burrowing owl stands next to its burrow near pump jacks in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom.
A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester, northern England. Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London.
Smoke rises from the chimney of a gas-fired power station after sunset on Monday in the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.
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Michelin tyre employees, mostly from the Joue-les-Tours plant, run away from tear gas spread by security member as try to pull out the grid of the company headquarters where an extraordinary commitee is taking place on Wednesday in Clermont-Ferrand, central France.
Indonesian activists carry plastic canisters with “No to increased fuel” written on them during a protest in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more
Riot police use pepper gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the cutting down of trees in the centre of Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Traditional dancers perform ahead of the arrival of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The trip is the first official visit for the prime minister to the Pacific Island Nation and the first since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. The three-day visit will include trips to a local market and primary school as well as tours of the Exxon Mobil liquefied natural gas plant and the Bomana war cemetery.
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Burning cars are pictured in a highway in Ecatepec near Mexico city, on Tuesday. A gas tanker exploded in a Mexico City suburb on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and damaging several homes and cars
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes near the West Bank village of Deir Jarir on Friday
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A policewoman and paramedic wrap a thermo foil round a woman injured by a powerful gas blast on Monday in Prague’s historic centre. The blast injured up to 20 people, four seriously, rescuers said, adding that it was possible some people were buried in the rubble.