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Drilling the West
JULY 2005
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Public Lands at Risk
A multiyear study of oil and gas resources under federal lands focused on five areas in the Rocky Mountain region that may harbor enough natural gas to satisfy U.S. demand for six years. Most of the gas is difficult to extract and remains economically unrecoverable—too costly to tap. But new drilling technology, rising gas prices, and an energy-focused administration are fueling a dramatic rise in drilling on the federal estate.
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