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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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The Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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The Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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The Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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The Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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The Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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The Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Associate curators of amphibians at the Detroit Zoo, as they watch over the Wyoming toad breeding facility.

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Associate curators of amphibians at the Detroit Zoo, as they watch over the Wyoming toad breeding facility.

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Associate curators of amphibians at the Detroit Zoo, as they watch over the Wyoming toad breeding facility.

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Associate curator of amphibians at the Detroit Zoo, as she watches over the Wyoming toad breeding facility.

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Associate curator of amphibians at the Detroit Zoo, as she watches over the Wyoming toad breeding facility.

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The historic Sheridan Inn where the ‘Battle of the Rosebud’ mural hangs in the Inn’s restaurant in Sheridan, Wyoming. The mural is painted by Bernard Thomas and shows the battle of Native Americans against General George Crook in 1876. The natives won this battle and then defeated Custer just eight days later at Little Big Horn. This battle field is a huge part of native history and yet it is slated to be drilled for gas shortly.

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A coal bed methane crew near Buffalo, Wyoming drills for oil.

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Drillers take a rest after working to free gas in Buffalo, Wyoming.

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Drillers take a nap after working to free gas in Buffalo, Wyoming.

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Buffalo, Wyoming’s Bureau of Land Management employees do an “on-site” inspection of several private and public land site on which the BLM has the mineral rights but lease them out. “On-sites” are a formal step in which land owners, energy interests and BLM biologists, engineers and others inspect an area that is about the be bulldozed and developed or drilled.

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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 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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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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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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