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  • Nature fierce and not so pretty

    Nature fierce and not so pretty

    Spend enough time around a bird feeder, and you’ll realize that nature is less like a poetic cartoon and more like a gritty crime novel by someone like Elmore Leonard.

  • A cheer for Interior Secretary Salazar's new approach

    A cheer for Interior Secretary Salazar's new approach

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is not to blame for the oil and gas industry’s economic problems

  • An ancient place to wonder about our survival

    Andy Gulliford delights in the vast Canyon of the Ancients National Monument-- a living museum subject to increased gas drilling.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It tolls for us

    The energy boom in the Rocky Mountain West has been shadowed by a much darker boom: a frightening rise in death and serious injury

  • When can the BLM say 'no'?

    BLM and Forest Service officials say they have little power to prevent drilling in an area once it’s been OK’d for leasing, but critics say the government simply refuses to use its power

  • The anatomy of an energy lease

    The BLM’s decision to lease land for energy exploration in the watersheds of Grand Junction and Palisade, Colo., reveals the way oil and gas leasing works

  • Citizens unite against gas field chaos

    In western Colorado, the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance is trying to work with industry to set protections for landowners before more drilling gets under way

  • 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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