upper green river valley gas drilling boom

In January 2007 SkyTruth released the first comprehensive Google Earth project focused on two of North America's fastest growing gas and oil fields. Gas drilling continues to expand throughout this region and we are continuing to monitor the impacts.

Using the popular Google Earth program, users can explore the widespread impact gas and oil exploration has had on human and ecological communities in the Upper Green River Valley of western Wyoming.

This project, which includes a 10 minute video and Google Earth interactive file, continues to receive recognition for its in-depth look at the issue and is featured on Google's Earth Outreach Showcase. The video, The Upper Green River Valley: A View from Above has been viewed nearly 30,000 times on YouTube.

Upper Green River Valley: A View from Above

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Wyoming’s Upper Green River Valley -- part of the same ecosystem as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks -- is a place of spectacular natural beauty with abundant wildlife and recreational opportunities, home to long-standing traditions of ranching, hunting and fishing. It also holds the nation's fastest-growing and most profitable natural gas fields. The drilling, road construction and pollution that accompanies energy development is causing rapid and extreme changes throughout the region, and is having a measurable impact on wildlife and air quality.

This video illustrates some of the changes occurring in the Upper Green River Valley using the latest in satellite imagery, aerial photography, and Google Earth 3-d technology. Watch the video to get a first-hand look at the dramatic growth of gas and oil drilling in this ecologically important region, learn more about the impacts of this development on our public lands, and tour areas in the adjacent Wyoming Range where new drilling has recently been proposed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.



animated graphic of gas/oil development

download & explore using google earth

Google Earth Interactive File (5 MB)

Download the Google Earth file to interactively explore the impacts of past and future gas and oil exploration.

This is a large file and may take a few moments to begin the download.

*HINT* To ensure that you download the file, right click the link and "Save link target as"

(You must have Google Earth Installed to read this file, to download see below)

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