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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 salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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The well on private land near Sheridan, WY produces nothing but mud and methane gas these days, due to a depletion in the aquifer caused by coal bed methane development.

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Recirculated fluid is pumped out of a coal bed methane rig near Buffalo, WY.

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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 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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A young man fills up his truck with gas in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young man fills up his truck with gas in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young man fills up his truck with gas in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Tourists watch manatees in the shallow waters near a coal-fired power plant in Apollo Florida.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Birds nest near a coal-fired power plant in San Diego, California.

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Birds nest near a coal-fired power plant in San Diego, California.

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Tourists watch manatees in the shallow water near a coal-fired power plant in Apollo, Florida.

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Tourists watch manatees in the shallow waters near a coal-fired power plant in Apollo Florida.

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Hazardous waste clean-up at Rocky Mountian Arsenal NWR. The area was declared a Superfund site because of pollution from a US Gov’t chemical weapons plant.

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Hazardous waste clean-up at Rocky Mountian Arsenal NWR. The area was declared a Superfund site because of pollution from a US Gov’t chemical weapons plant.

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Hazardous waste clean-up at Rocky Mountian Arsenal NWR. The area was declared a Superfund site because of pollution from a US Gov’t chemical weapons plant.

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Cleanup work on an oil spill in the Texas Intercoastal Canal, using a “control boom”.

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Cleanup work on an oil spill in the Texas Intercoastal Canal, using a “control boom”.

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Cleanup work on an oil spill in the Texas Intercoastal Canal, using a “control boom”.

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