Creeks devastated as a result of spills from oil theives at Nembe Creek in Niger Delta on March 22, 2013. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has threatened to shut down production in April for nine days in the entire Nembe Creek Truck Line (NCTL) to remove a number of bunkering points on pipelines vandalised by oil thieves in the region. 'Whenever we observe a spill, or have a spill on our lines, we shut down production to depressurize and isolate the line, only then can we safely repare our lines because it is then safe to manipulate the line', said Jurgen Jonzen, SPDC corporate pipeline asset manager. Last year, 157 bunkering points were removed and 116 were leaking on the whole SPDC exploitation. Since 2009, SPDC has exprienced an upsurge in vandalisation of pipeline network by criminals causing severe environmental devastation of the region and forcing the company to lose 60 000 barrels daily this year. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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Danielle Gross casts his fishing line into the Potomac River as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency 'unreasonably' failed to consider the cost of the regulations.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers questions from employees of Nephron Pharmaceutical Company June 29, 2015 in West Columbia, South Carolina. Before talking with the employees of the Orlando, Florida based company Bush took a tour of the facility in West Columbia, South Carolina.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff (2-R) visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, with National Park Service National Mall Superintendent Karen Laura Cucurullo (2-L), June 29, 2015 in Washington DC. Rousseff visits Washington DC for the first time since she became president in 2011.
Demonstrators during a rally in Athens, Greece, 29 June 2015. Greek voters will decide in a referendum next Sunday on whether their government should accept an economic reform package put forth by Greece's creditor. Greece has imposed capital controls with the banks being closed untill the referendum.
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King Felipe VI of Spain gives a speech during a state dinner given by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife First Lady Angelica Rivera at National Palace on June 29, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. The Spanish Monarchs are in their second state visit since the proclamation of Felipe VI as Spanish King last June 19th of 2014.
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Queen Letizia (L) and King Felipe VI (R) of Spain attend a dinner given by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife First Lady Angelica Rivera at National Palace on June 29, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. The Spanish Monarchs are in their second state visit since the proclamation of Felipe VI as Spanish King last June 19th of 2014.