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Greater sage grouse displaying near Pinedale, Wyoming. This area is being developed for natural gas drilling.

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A male sage grouse splays tail feathers to attract a mate.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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Coal bed methane development threatens to end the peaceful solitude near Aztec, NM.

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Greater sage grouse displaying near Pinedale, Wyoming. This area is being developed for natural gas drilling.

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Looking out over Wyoming’s Red Desert area, which is being threatened by coal bed methane development.

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Coal is one of the most dirty fossil fuels and burning it is leading to global climate change.

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Coal is one of the most dirty fossil fuels and burning it is leading to global climate change.

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Coal is one of the most dirty fossil fuels and burning it is leading to global climate change.

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Coal is one of the most dirty fossil fuels and burning it is leading to global climate change.

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Coal is one of the most dirty fossil fuels and burning it is leading to global climate change.

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Coal is one of the most dirty fossil fuels and burning it is leading to global climate change.

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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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The sun sets over a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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The sun sets over a cemetary near a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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The sun sets over a cemetary near a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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The sun sets over a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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The sun sets over a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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The sun sets over a gas refinery near Bloomfield, NM in the San Juan Basin.

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

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Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front is still an intact ecosystem and home to bighorn sheep, grizzlies, and other animals. If the area is developed for coal bed methane drilling, that will all change.

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A road cuts through the Badger-Two Medicine Area (held by the Blackfeet tribe) in Montana. The area is sacred to the tribe but coal bed methane drilling has begun on the land.

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Overview of the Powder River near Gillette, WY. The area has been heavily roaded since coal bed methane development began.

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A road cuts through the countryside near Sheridan, WY. Thearea is slated for coal bed methane development.

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Overview of the Powder River near Gillette, WY. The area has been heavily roaded since coal bed methane development began.

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A camper in Adobe Town, part of the Red Desert in south central Wyoming. The area has been proposed for coal bed methane development.

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Overview of Adobe Town, part of the Red Desert in south central Wyoming. The area has been proposed for coal bed methane development.

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A camper in Adobe Town, part of the Red Desert in south central Wyoming. The area has been proposed for coal bed methane development.

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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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