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  • Forest Service greases the skids for oil and gas

    The Forest Service wants to create a new type of "categorical exclusion" to make it easier for oil and gas drilling projects to be approved without environmental study or public input

  • Doubling density near Durango

    The La Plata County commissioners have signed two deals allowing energy companies to double the density of coalbed methane wells near Durango, Colo.

  • Abrahm Lustgarten on fracking

    Abrahm Lustgarten on fracking

    An interview with ProPublica energy and environment reporter Abrahm Lustgarten.

  • CRASH?

    Just as western Colorado towns like Rifle have begun a new life as thriving “amenity” economies, an energy boom of unprecedented proportions has taken over the landscape.

  • The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states

    The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states

    China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.

  • BLM plans for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

    BLM plans for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

    A controversial proposal for the nation’s biggest chunk of public land aims to allow energy development -- and protect wildlife.

  • Living Within Our Means: Beyond the Fossil Fuel Credit Card

    Engineer and city councilman Kamyar Enshayan considers the inevitable end of the fossil fuel joyride

  • Follow-up

    Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness comes closer to Idaho; Bush funds CALFED; oil and gas brings money to Rocky Mountain states; National Wildlife Federation says federal Conservation Reserve Program is abused

  • Where do we go from here? Taking the West Forward

    HCN lays out the West's 10 most critical issues and the paths toward positive results on everything from energy development and drought to federal agency practices and endangered species.

  • 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

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