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  • Chill, baby, chill

    Chill, baby, chill

    The largest drilling boom in Western history is ending as new technologies make it easier to get shale gas from other parts of the country.

  • Coalbed methane bust leaves thousands of orphaned gas wells in Wyoming

    Coalbed methane bust leaves thousands of orphaned gas wells in Wyoming

    And the state is starting to come to terms with an orphaned gas well problem.

  • Gas wells wash out habitat

    Environmental scientist James Gore warns that the water that coalbed methane wells pours into streams could wipe out up to 30 aquatic species in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana

  • Greens need to occupy the Occupy movement

    Greens need to occupy the Occupy movement

    Today's activists need to get more involved in protesting the environmental profiteering that is destroying our planet.

  • Hunting: It’s not about the gun

    In the presidential election this fall, sportsmen are likely to be split between those who vote for wildlife, and those who vote for the gun

  • Oil money rules in the West's mini-Middle East

    Two Democratic governors – Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming and Bill Richardson of New Mexico – find themselves caught between the money that comes from the energy industry and the environmental impacts of oil and gas development

  • State struggling to keep up with CBM

    A state task force says pollution regulations for coalbed methane wells are severely under-enforced in Wyoming

  • The BLM wields fork and spatula over the West's wildlands

    The Bureau of Land Management is handing out public-lands drilling permits like a McDonald’s drive-through with a hyperactive "Order Assembly Target."

  • The view from above

    High Country News prides itself on keeping close to the ground, but for this special issue, we look at the energy boom in the West from a global perspective

  • U.S. Department of Energy elbows in on Clean Water Act

    The federal Energy Department and the state of Wyoming have challenged Montana’s plan to establish pollution controls for coalbed methane wells

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