Items by Brian Maffly

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
Where the Antelope (and the Oil Companies) Play
In Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin, a natural gas boom is threatening pronghorn antelope and other wildlife, and some Pinedale-area residents are beginning to fight back
Independent ranchers fight corporate control
Montana ranchers Steve and Jeanne Charter say that mandatory "checkoff" payments, taken from cattle sales to promote the beef industry, favor corporate and foreign producers at the expense of small and independent ranchers.