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  • (Un)clearing the air

    George Bush’s BLM will leave a legacy of air pollution in oil and gas producing states, especially Utah.

  • Another kind of hero

    In The Legend of Colton H. Bryant Alexandra Fuller recreates the life of a young man who was killed on a drilling rig in Wyoming.

  • Black Sunday, 30 years later

    Black Sunday, 30 years later

    The author attends a peculiar reunion, a meeting with the former Exxon executives who pulled the plug on oil shale three decades ago.

  • 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

  • Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India

    Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India

    Ambitious schemes to build railroads and ports to ship Powder River Basin coal abroad will bring pollution and traffic to communities along the transport path, who are rising up in protest.

  • Cracking the ozone code in Utah's gas fields

    Cracking the ozone code in Utah's gas fields

    Can gas drilling and clean air co-exist?

  • Drilling with Charlie

    Randy Udall’s friend Charlie has spent his life drilling for oil and natural gas.

  • Dust on the rocks

    The results of a scientific study on the effects of dust on rock art are somehow “lost” in the haze of Barrett Corporation’s drilling in Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon.

  • 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

  • Storing fat from the feeding frenzy

    Westerners need to prepare for the next economic bust by saving money from today’s energy boom, just as black bears store calories in the form of fat in order to get through the winter

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