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This Week
March 8, 2002

This week on NOW: Every day, millions of gallons of ground water in the American West are being disposed of… all in the rush to drill for gas. NOW takes you to the Powder River region of northern Wyoming to examine the impact of methane gas drilling on ranchers, the land, and our water supply. Rancher Bill West: "It took thousands of years to recharge these aquifers. But they're pumping it out and in maybe ten years it will be gone."

In Depth

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Find out more about what's happening to the water in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, and nationwide and worldwide.

Go behind the scenes of a nature documentary. Learn more about the making of Bill Moyers' EARTH ON EDGE.


Should water be subject to supply and demand and market forces? Bill Moyers talks to Boone Pickens, a Texan who made his fortune in oil and now is mining water.

Electioneering in Zimbabwe

This week NOW explores the implications of Zimbabwe's upcoming elections in an interview with Professor Kingston Kajese.


Terry Tempest Williams

Poet and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams investigates how energy policy is threatening America's treasured open spaces in a commentary for NOW.

Picture of the Week

Navajo Protest
Dan Budnik documents the struggle for the Black Mesa in Arizona. Submit your own captions.


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.


Stripping the West
Producer: Leslie Clark
Editor: Peter Odabashian

Earth on Edge
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