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Insight: Poland's shale gas play takes on Russian power

An employee walks at Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom's Sudzha pumping station, Russia, January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov/Files

An employee walks at Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom's Sudzha pumping station, Russia, January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov/Files

An employee walks at Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom's Sudzha pumping station, Russia, January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov/Files
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People look through frosted windows as they sit in a tram in the centre of Poznan, western Poland, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

People look through frosted windows as they sit in a tram in the centre of Poznan, western Poland, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

People look through frosted windows as they sit in a tram in the centre of Poznan, western Poland, December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files
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Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant,  May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files

Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant, May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files

Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant, May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files
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A worker stands near a drilling rig at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice, southeast Poland, home to U.S. giant Chevron's first shale gas well in the country, November 28, 2011. 


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A worker stands near a drilling rig at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice, southeast Poland, home to U.S. giant Chevron's first shale gas well in the country, November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

A worker stands near a drilling rig at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice, southeast Poland, home to U.S. giant Chevron's first shale gas well in the country, November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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A pressure gauge is seen at a Gaz-System gas compressor station in Rembelszczyzna outside Warsaw, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

A pressure gauge is seen at a Gaz-System gas compressor station in Rembelszczyzna outside Warsaw, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

A pressure gauge is seen at a Gaz-System gas compressor station in Rembelszczyzna outside Warsaw, October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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A pedestrian walks near a no drilling sign in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, September 5, 2010. 


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A pedestrian walks near a no drilling sign in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, September 5, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

A pedestrian walks near a no drilling sign in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, September 5, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer
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A drilling rig is seen at sunset at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice, southeast Poland, home to U.S. giant Chevron's first shale gas well in the country, November 28, 2011. 

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A drilling rig is seen at sunset at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice, southeast Poland, home to U.S. giant Chevron's first shale gas well in the country, November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

A drilling rig is seen at sunset at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice, southeast Poland, home to U.S. giant Chevron's first shale gas well in the country, November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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A worker stands near the well head on a natural gas drilling rig near Towanda, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2010. 


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A worker stands near the well head on a natural gas drilling rig near Towanda, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

A worker stands near the well head on a natural gas drilling rig near Towanda, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer
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