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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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Aerial of the Jonah Field natural gas drilling area near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Red hot slag is dumped onto the ground; virtually no pollution controls exist here. Smoke pours out of the smelter’s smokestacks.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Red hot slag is dumped onto the ground; virtually no pollution controls exist here. Smoke pours out of the smelter’s smokestacks.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Red hot slag is dumped onto the ground; virtually no pollution controls exist here. Smoke pours out of the smelter’s smokestacks.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Aerial of the Chuquicamata mining complex in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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Coal bed methane drilling rigs dot the landscape near Rifle, Colorado.

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The way west; the Alpine oil field spreads out into the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. This huge expanse of critical wetland has just been opened to drilling by the Bush Administration even though most of the waterfowl in North America use the area as critical nesting grounds.

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Live birds serve as bait in a raven study area in Prudhoe Bay. The oil industry sponsors projects to trap and radio tag the birds in order to learn more about them. Ravens are quite disruptive to the oil industry, often dropping wire and nesting material into power transformers.

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Oil workers perform a ‘workover’ on a thirty-year-old well head in Prudhoe Bay. Old wells need constant coaxing to continue to bring up oil. Some 95% of the fluid coming up now is water.

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Oil bubbles up out of the ground at Umiat, the first site where oil was discovered on the North Slope. The oil-rich area is too far removed from the Prudhoe Bay fields to make transport possible at this time.

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An aerial of Prudhoe Bay. In operation since the 1970’s, the aging field is nearing the end of its life with no funding or plans in place to clean up the mess when the oil plays out. This area is thought to be one of the largest industrial zones on Earth.

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