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  • Energy company stakes out wildlife refuge

    Yates Petroleum Co. plans to drill two gas wells in New Mexico’s Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

  • The West’s public lands are open for business

    A close look at the data shows that, despite some restrictions, oil and gas drilling is on the rise in the West.

  • Energy without hypocrisy

    Natural gas is a wonderful thing, but our need for it does not outweigh our responsibility to the land

  • Ready... fire... aim!

    Ten years into the energy rush, the West is beginning to think about its impacts on the region’s land, air, water and wildlife

  • State laws — and small staff — muzzle would-be watchdog

    The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has a complicated mission: It’s supposed to help the energy industry, while protecting the public from the industry’s impacts

  • Rural residents split over coalbed methane

    In Montana’s Powder River County, the group Citizens for Resource Development wants to encourage coalbed methane drilling, while next door in Rosebud County, the Northern Plains Resource Council is fighting hard against it

  • A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming

    A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming

    Wold Oil Properties is a wildcatter - a small company that explores for oil and gas in areas where the fuels aren't known to exist in valuable quantities.

  • Citizens unite against gas field chaos

    In western Colorado, the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance is trying to work with industry to set protections for landowners before more drilling gets under way

  • Following the Ancient Roads

    On a 10-day walk through the northwestern New Mexico desert, the author follows an ancient road that leads him from silent Indian ruins into noisy, modern gas fields

  • Fighting for the Rocky Mountain Front: Montana rancher Karl Rappold

    Montana rancher Karl Rappold is determined to save his beloved Rocky Mountain Front from development by the oil and gas industry

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