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Kathy Sartore, sick from chemotherapy for breast cancer, retreats into her room. (Lincoln, NE.)

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Kathy Sartore, sick from chemotherapy for breast cancer, retreats into her room where she’s visited by her two year-old son. (Lincoln, NE.)

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Kathy Sartore, sick from chemotherapy for breast cancer, retreats into her room. (Lincoln, NE.)

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Kathy Sartore, sick from chemotherapy for breast cancer, retreats into her room. (Lincoln, NE.)

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Kathy Sartore, sick from chemotherapy for breast cancer, retreats into her room. (Lincoln, NE.)

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Kathy Sartore, sick from chemotherapy for breast cancer, retreats into her room. (Lincoln, NE.)

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Ranchers Chris Velasquez and Linn Blancett move gattle out of a gas compressor station in the rain near Aztec, NM. Pollution and runoff from coal bed methane wells has contaminated their water wells and is slowly driving them out of business.

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A natural gas plant next to a cemetery in Bloomfield, NM.

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Lightning over a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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A methane fire burns under a rancher’s land near Decker, MT. The underground water that once kept the flame in check has been drained off during coal bed methane development, so the fire now shows at the surface.

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A methane fire burns under a rancher’s land near Decker, MT. The underground water that once kept the flame in check has been drained off during coal bed methane development, so the fire now shows at the surface.

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A mule deer in the back of a young hunter’s pickup truck in Montana in the Rocky Mountain Front area. The wildlife-rich area is slated for coal bed methane development.

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The crew of a coal bed methane drilling rig in Wyoming. While harmful to the environment, gas drilling provides jobs to the locals — at least, while the gas lasts.

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A flare erupts at a natural gas well near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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The BLM office in Buffalo, WY approved 3000 natural gas drilling permits in 2004, generating a small mountain of paperwork.

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Misters send the water drained off during coal bed methane drilling airborne on a development near Gillette, WY.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Wells are tightly spaced in the Jonah Field, a natural gas development near Pinedale, WY.

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The well on private land near Sheridan, WY produces nothing but mud and methane gas these days, due to a depletion in the aquifer caused by coal bed methane development.

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Recirculated fluid is pumped out of a coal bed methane rig near Buffalo, WY.

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The crew of a coal bed methane drilling rig relaxes for a few minutes near Buffalo, WY.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Lightning illuminates the sky over Adobe Town in Wyoming’s Red Desert area. Once proposed for a wilderness designation, the area is now slated for coal bed methane development.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Hunters with their day’s take, a mule deer, near Choteau, MT. Outdoorsmen have joined forces with environmentalists on the Rocky Mountain front to protect the region from coal bed methane drilling.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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“Flying fish” (minnows) over the Powder River in Wyoming, an ecosystem threatened by coal bed methane development.

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A homeowner in the powder river basin holds up a glass of water from a now unusable well. The well’s contents turned into a methane slurry after coal bed methane development began nearby.

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