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Hydrofracked?

June 27, 2011

A Wyoming farmer battles industry and bureaucracy trying to find out whether hydraulic fracturing - used in natural gas drilling - polluted his drinking water.

Feature

Hydrofracked: One man's quest for answers about natural gas drilling
Hydrofracked: One man's quest for answers about natural gas drilling
A Wyoming farmer battles industry and bureaucracy trying to find out whether hydraulic fracturing -- used in natural gas drilling -- polluted his drinking water.

Current

The 'Utah solution' to immigration
The 'Utah solution' to immigration
Utah religious, business and political leaders suggest an immigration compromise, but the state's lawmakers are terrified of being caught voting for "amnesty."
A fee-dodging retiree forces a national forest to rethink access charges
A fee-dodging retiree forces a national forest to rethink access charges
A retired geophysicist named Jim Smith successfully challenges Arizona's Coconino National Forest on access fees.
For steelhead, dirty water might be better than clean
For steelhead, dirty water might be better than clean
A wastewater treatment plant provides nutrients that help endangered steelhead thrive in an Idaho stream.
Wildfires burn big in Arizona and New Mexico
Wildfires burn big in Arizona and New Mexico
Arizona's Wallow Fire has now out-burned the gigantic Rodeo-Chediski Fire of 2002.
Significant -- and nutty -- quotable moments in the state legislatures
Significant -- and nutty -- quotable moments in the state legislatures
Western legislatures slash spending, confront budget gaps, attempt environmental rollbacks and propose a few silly laws.

Editor's Note

A lonely crusade
A lonely crusade
A Wyoming farmer's long struggle to find out what's polluting his water gets the attention of the EPA - and inspires reporter Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica.

Essays

River Town
River Town
Flagstaff, Ariz., may not really have its own river, but to many of its residents it is a true river town.

Dear Friends

See you in July
See you in July
HCN skips issue; summer visitors; Jonathan Thompson becomes a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism; correction.

Book Reviews

A land of subtle beauty: A review of Llano Estacado
A land of subtle beauty: A review of Llano Estacado
The photos and essays gathered in this collection of photographs and essays celebrate the austere beauty of a vast dry landscape.
It's not just a job, it's an adventure: A review of Permanent Vacation
The 20 essays in this collection take us into the wacky and wonderful lives of some of the many people who work in the country's national parks.

Letters