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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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The crew of a coal bed methane drilling rig in Wyoming. While harmful to the environment, gas drilling provides jobs to the locals — at least, while the gas lasts.

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A flare erupts at a natural gas well near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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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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Misters send the water drained off during coal bed methane drilling airborne on a development near Gillette, WY.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Wells are tightly spaced in the Jonah Field, a natural gas development near Pinedale, WY.

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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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The crew of a coal bed methane drilling rig relaxes for a few minutes near Buffalo, WY.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Lightning illuminates the sky over Adobe Town in Wyoming’s Red Desert area. Once proposed for a wilderness designation, the area is now slated for coal bed methane development.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Natural gas drilling and development near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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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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Road-killed greater sage grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Road-killed greater sage grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Road-killed greater sage grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Road-killed greater sage grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Road-killed greater sage grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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Road-killed greater sage grouse near Pinedale, Wyoming.

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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 greater sage gouse lies dead as the result of a collision with drilling-related traffic near Pinedale, Wyoming. This area is being developed for natural gas production.

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Greater sage grouse displaying near Pinedale, Wyoming. This area is being developed for natural gas drilling.

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Greater sage grouse displaying near Pinedale, Wyoming. This area is being developed for natural gas drilling.

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