Rocky Mountain Deep: The Next Drilling War

Still smarting from the Senate's rejection of drilling for oil in Alaska, the Bush Administration is gearing up for its next big energy battle. This week the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a crucial report on a plan to extract natural gas from an area in the Rocky Mountains four times the size of the proposed Arctic refuge site. The Administration says 25 trillion cu. ft. of natural gas is buried in Wyoming's Powder River Basin--enough to supply the U.S. for a year and worth up to $46 billion to energy companies. The Administration wants to green-light the drilling of more...

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