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Wyoming and Fracking

Frack Targets: Numerous

Thanks to a drilling boom, air quality on the plains of Wyoming is now worse than the car-choked megalopolis of Los Angeles. In the drilling rig-studded Upper Green River Basin, levels of ozone—the main component of smog - have reached 124 parts per billion—well over the federal safety standard and worse than the worst day in Los Angeles in 2010. There are some bright spots, though: in 2010, the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission passed some of the strongest rules in the country requiring oil and gas companies to disclose the secret chemicals they use in fracking—a big step forward for the state and leading the way for reform at the national level.

Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in and around Wyoming. Click on any fraccident to learn more.

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Groups Fighting Fracking in Wyoming

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