August 26, 2014
From The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles, one of 24 photos. An oil well pumps next to yard containing junked hearses and ambulances near Signal Hill in Long Beach, California, on May 29, 2003. The Signal Hill Oil Field, now known as the Long Beach Oil Field, had the world’s highest oil production per acre by the mid-twentieth century. Hundreds of companies and individuals became rich on minute leases, some locations so close that derrick legs overlapped. New housing and stores are now being built among operating oil wells. (David McNew/Getty Images)

From The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles, one of 24 photos. An oil well pumps next to yard containing junked hearses and ambulances near Signal Hill in Long Beach, California, on May 29, 2003. The Signal Hill Oil Field, now known as the Long Beach Oil Field, had the world’s highest oil production per acre by the mid-twentieth century. Hundreds of companies and individuals became rich on minute leases, some locations so close that derrick legs overlapped. New housing and stores are now being built among operating oil wells. (David McNew/Getty Images)

July 8, 2013
From Freight Train Derails and Explodes in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, one of 25 photos. Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac-Megantic was destroyed after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 2,000 people. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

From Freight Train Derails and Explodes in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, one of 25 photos. Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013. A large swath of Lac-Megantic was destroyed after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and forcing the evacuation of up to 2,000 people. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

March 13, 2013
From North Dakota’s Oil Boom, one of 30 photos. Roughneck Brian Waldner, covered in mud and oil on a True Company oil drilling rig outside Watford, North Dakota, on October 20, 2012. Thousands of people have flooded into North Dakota to work in state’s oil drilling boom. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

From North Dakota’s Oil Boom, one of 30 photos. Roughneck Brian Waldner, covered in mud and oil on a True Company oil drilling rig outside Watford, North Dakota, on October 20, 2012. Thousands of people have flooded into North Dakota to work in state’s oil drilling boom. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

January 15, 2013
From Nigeria’s Illegal Oil Refineries, one of 30 photos. Smoke rises as an illegal oil refinery burns after a military chase in a winding creek near river Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa, on December 6, 2012. Thousands of people in Nigeria engage in a practice known locally as “oil bunkering” - hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad. The practice, which leaves oil spewing from pipelines for miles around, managed to lift around a fifth of Nigeria’s two million barrel a day production last year according to the finance ministry. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

From Nigeria’s Illegal Oil Refineries, one of 30 photos. Smoke rises as an illegal oil refinery burns after a military chase in a winding creek near river Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa, on December 6, 2012. Thousands of people in Nigeria engage in a practice known locally as “oil bunkering” - hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad. The practice, which leaves oil spewing from pipelines for miles around, managed to lift around a fifth of Nigeria’s two million barrel a day production last year according to the finance ministry. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)