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Inside the “Well File Room” at the Farmington Bureau of Land Management Office, where some 18,000 wells are tracked from the San Juan Basin. It has more wells than most other areas, and the office’s mandate is to get oil and gas production going full throttle at all costs.

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A legal instruments examiner for the Bureau of Land Management in Pinedale, Wyoming is shown behind a mountain of applications for permit to drill submitted by oil and gas companies. This office grants most of the 300 applications they receive each year.

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Bureau of Land Management employees from the Buffalo, Wyoming office pose with a year’s worth of paperwork. The office has been ordered to approve at least 3,000 permits to drill per year and issues far more permits to drill than any other in the U.S. The goal is 50,000 wells.

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Bureau of Land Management employees from the Buffalo, Wyoming office pose with a year’s worth of paperwork. The office has been ordered to approve at least 3,000 permits to drill per year and issues far more permits to drill than any other in the U.S. The goal is 50,000 wells.

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A family dog, Muldoon, with a plastic collar around his neck after being neutered.

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Brian Lehman and Jamie Neuhaus, taped up in the office for a stock shoot.

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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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