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Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in England on January 13, 2014.  French company Total confirmed it will invest about £30 million in the shale drilling project in Gainsborough, and it is believed to be the first major energy firm to invest in U.K. fracking. Prime Minister David Cameron indicated councils would receive a significant financial boost from the business rates collected from controversial shale gas schemes, with local authorities receiving 100 percent of the business rates, double the usual 50 percent. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Shale gas halted in UK by six-month permit wait

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In Texas it takes seven days to get permission to use hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas. In the U.K. the wait is six months.
British Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP)

Opponent accuses Cameron of panic response to rising energy prices

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Ed Miliband, the leader of the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party, accused Prime Minister David Cameron of making up energy policy in a panicked response to public anger at soaring electricity and gas bills.
An anti-fracking protest sign sits in the window of a residential property near to Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.'s exploratory shale gas drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. A city in Texas might also ban such fracturing. (Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

Fracking opponents find lawyers beat superglue in slowing shale

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Campaigners desperate to prevent the birth of a U.K. shale-gas industry have glued themselves to walls, barricaded country lanes and climbed drill rigs. Yet their most potent weapon is more prosaic: lawyers.
The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

Algeria hostage crisis ends; Katy man killed

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Katy resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in the attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria. Another Houston-area man also was taken captive. His fate is unknown.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. (AP Photo)

Democrats up calls for Obama to consider oil reserves

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Democrats increased their recent calls for President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, noting oil prices dropped Thursday after a report, which the White House denied, that the U.S. and Britain had agreed to release oil from their reserves.