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Fri October 29, 2010
Conservation Efforts In Green River Basin.
By Rebecca Huntington
Wyoming – Wyoming's Green River Basin is home to two world-class resources: natural gas and wildlife. But in places like the Jonah gas field in western Wyoming, drilling is so intense some consider the gas field a total loss for wildlife. To make up for that, drilling companies put millions of dollars into a fund to pay for projects designed to off-set the impacts of the gas field. A similar fund has been created for the nearby Pinedale Anticline gas field. Among projects now being paid for with drilling money are conservation easements -- now covering some 35-thousand acres of private land. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington visits the largest of the deals completed so far.