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The opening spread for the article, “All Fired Up,” about coal bed methane drilling, from the July, 2005 issue of National Geographic magazine, featuring Joel Sartore’s photographs.

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A worker samples water and drilling mud coming from a rig at a coal bed methane drill site near Buffalo, WY. The fluid goes to a pond and at this well, it is recirculated.

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A worker samples water and drilling mud coming from a rig at a coal bed methane drill site near Buffalo, WY. The fluid goes to a pond and at this well, it is recirculated.

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Water and drilling mud spill from a rig near Buffalo, WY. At this site, the fluid is recirculated after it settles in the pond shown here.

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A worker samples water and drilling mud coming from a rig at a coal bed methane drill site near Buffalo, WY. The fluid goes to a pond and at this well, it is recirculated.

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Workers observe water spilling from a gas well in Wyoming.

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A horse and a dog on a ranch near a gas drilling area near Aztec, NM.

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A rancher and his cattle among polluting gas drilling equipment near Aztec, NM.

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Pronhorn antelope near Decker, MT (an area threatened by coal bed methane development.)

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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Encana-owned drilling sites on the mamm field near Rifle/Silt, Colorado. These rigs are drilling amongst the 40-acre housing sites in the Grass Mesa subdivision. The pipe drills some 60 feet per hour at dusk.

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A coal bed methane crew near Buffalo, Wyoming drills for oil.

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