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

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A branding of cattle in Gillette, Wyoming, where the branding is considered a social event.

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A branding of cattle in Gillette, Wyoming, where the branding is considered a social event.

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During a break from branding cattle at a ranch in Gillette, Wyoming, a woman holds her husband as he drinks a beer.

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A sign warns drillers of potential risk at a site near Rifle/Silt, Colorado.

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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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A dead sage grouse lies near a lek of 69 birds in Pinedale, Wyoming. Although this Big Sandy Recreation Area is still intact and pristine, no one can say for how long, as it has been targeted for drilling. The grouse are candidates for being listed but energy interests now prohibit it.

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A large sage grouse lek of 69 birds in Pinedale, Wyoming. Although this Big Sandy Recreation Area is still intact and pristine, no one can say for how long, as it has been targeted for drilling.

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A large sage grouse lek of 69 birds in Pinedale, Wyoming. Although this Big Sandy Recreation Area is still intact and pristine, no one can say for how long, as it has been targeted for drilling.

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A large sage grouse lek of 69 birds in Pinedale, Wyoming. Although this Big Sandy Recreation Area is still intact and pristine, no one can say for how long, as it has been targeted for drilling.

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A large sage grouse lek of 69 birds in Pinedale, Wyoming. Although this Big Sandy Recreation Area is still intact and pristine, no one can say for how long, as it has been targeted for drilling.

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Pronghorn antelope in Jonah Field on the Pinedale Anticline, a geologic uplift of sage and grass that provides critical winter range to both antelope and mule deer. This field is being drilled for gas at an alarming rate and is one of the heaviest examples of drilling anywhere.

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Pronghorn antelope in Jonah Field on the Pinedale Anticline, a geologic uplift of sage and grass that provides critical winter range to both antelope and mule deer. This field is being drilled for gas at an alarming rate and is one of the heaviest examples of drilling anywhere.

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Pronghorn antelope in Jonah Field on the Pinedale Anticline, a geologic uplift of sage and grass that provides critical winter range to both antelope and mule deer. This field is being drilled for gas at an alarming rate and is one of the heaviest examples of drilling anywhere.

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Pronghorn antelope in Jonah Field on the Pinedale Anticline, a geologic uplift of sage and grass that provides critical winter range to both antelope and mule deer. This field is being drilled for gas at an alarming rate and is one of the heaviest examples of drilling anywhere.

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Pronghorn antelope in Jonah Field on the Pinedale Anticline, a geologic uplift of sage and grass that provides critical winter range to both antelope and mule deer. This field is being drilled for gas at an alarming rate and is one of the heaviest examples of drilling anywhere.

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Pronghorn antelope in Jonah Field on the Pinedale Anticline, a geologic uplift of sage and grass that provides critical winter range to both antelope and mule deer. This field is being drilled for gas at an alarming rate and is one of the heaviest examples of drilling anywhere.

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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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