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  • The Rocky Mountain Front blues

    The Rocky Mountain Front blues

    A journalist reflects on energy development on his home turf.

  • The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West

    The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West

    Master leasing plans, or MLPs, are a new tool designed to help the Bureau of Land Management better coordinate energy leasing and development in areas that may need special treatment or protection.

  • Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice

    Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice

    There's a growing understanding of the scientific importance of wildlife migration corridors, but protecting them is a huge political challenge.

  • Why bother cooking what nature failed to finish?

    Why bother cooking what nature failed to finish?

    A tar sands development proposed for Utah is insane on every level: economically, environmentally and just practically.

  • When a gas pipeline blows, you get out fast

    When the Windsor gas pipeline blew out near Clark, Wyo., in August, local people were kept in the dark about a dangerous situation

  • Crude combat

    Crude combat

    Can U.S. environmentalists derail a huge Canadian tar sands project that affects this side of the border?

  • Monstertruck alley

    Monstertruck alley

    Imperial Oil's plan to transport gigantic equipment to Alberta, Canada, will require major work on highways in Idaho and Montana.

  • The need to remember Black Sunday

    As western Colorado begins to dance to the tune of a brand-new energy boom, it’s good to remember that the last one ended in a total bust

  • The hazards of the leasing game

    Protecting environmentally sensitive Western lands from the current oil and gas frenzy is a challenge to the conservationists who file protests with the BLM.

  • The leasing protest game

    Conservationists can file formal protests when the BLM wants to auction off public land to energy companies, but the differences between regional management plans and styles make the protest game little more than a crapshoot.

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