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  • Abrahm Lustgarten on fracking

    Abrahm Lustgarten on fracking

    An interview with ProPublica energy and environment reporter Abrahm Lustgarten.

  • 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.

  • Boom or bust for the West's fossil fuel economy?

    Boom or bust for the West's fossil fuel economy?

    The developing countries of Asia will drive future fossil fuel production in the West.

  • County’s hopes rest on a roller-coaster power market

    Lincoln County, Nev., hoped to make money from a gas-fired power plant, but the uncertain energy market, along with other difficulties, have stalled the plans in their tracks

  • 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.

  • Disposable workers of the oil and gas fields

    Without a college degree, work on the oil and gas fields is the best job you can get in the rural West – unless, of course, it kills you

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Gas industry gets cracking

    Environmentalists and landowners are worried about the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract coalbed methane, but the industry – and the EPA – are carefully protecting the process and its secrets

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