Energy & Industry

Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
How the Animas River disaster forced Silverton to face its pollution problem — and its destiny.
Latest: Peer-reviewed study undermines fracking’s claims of safety
Latest: Peer-reviewed study undermines fracking’s claims of safety
Researchers in Pavillion, Wyoming, traced the chemical footprint of the drilling.
A millennial mayor and his timber town
A millennial mayor and his timber town
This young local is trying to transform Aberdeen, Washington, into a city for his generation.
New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old transmission lines
New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old transmission lines
A Montana wind energy project plans to make use of existing infrastructure built for coal.
Coal downturn hits railroads hard
Coal downturn hits railroads hard
Federal transportation board rejected a proposed Montana railroad due to coal bankruptcies.
Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners?
Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners?
A more secure safety net for workers in transition means higher taxes, a tradeoff many Americans oppose.
Solar gardens grow slowly out West
Solar gardens grow slowly out West
Legislative barriers to more widespread community solar remain, although some states are taking action.
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
Conservation, wilderness and water provisions long in the works were added to the massive energy bill.
Will states find other revenue streams to weather the fossil fuel bust?
Will states find other revenue streams to weather the fossil fuel bust?
Powerhouses like Wyoming and Alaska are shrinking budgets, not looking for new sources of income.
Uncertain future for Wyoming’s laid off coal miners
Uncertain future for Wyoming’s laid off coal miners
There’s some state support available but many workers face tough choices.
How much do Western state budgets rely on extractive industries?
How much do Western state budgets rely on extractive industries?
Resource-reliant states feel pinch as fossil-fuel revenue dwindles.
The nation’s biggest coal mines lay off hundreds of workers
The nation’s biggest coal mines lay off hundreds of workers
Cheap natural gas is the main culprit, but future job cuts will come from climate change policies.
Latest: Arch Coal ends its pursuit of Otter Creek coal
Latest: Arch Coal ends its pursuit of Otter Creek coal
The coal company has declared bankruptcy and is backing away from a project that sparked environmental concerns.
You want to develop clean energy on tribal land? Here’s how.
Fracking linked to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
Fracking linked to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
Contaminants that likely came from fracking were found in an aquifer that supplies drinking water.
Oregon’s energy plan offers a glimmer of hope for biomass energy
Oregon’s energy plan offers a glimmer of hope for biomass energy
Advocates hope the timber-rich state’s decision to ditch coal could help revive the struggling industry.
This is what an oil bust looks like
This is what an oil bust looks like
Low prices have energy companies and communities reeling as rig counts plummet and unemployment climbs.
Interior Department waffles on Arctic oil and gas leasing
Interior Department waffles on Arctic oil and gas leasing
The federal government is asking Alaska Natives which areas are too sensitive to drill.
Oil bust puts tribes, towns over a barrel
Oil bust puts tribes, towns over a barrel
The Bakken bust has stranded schools and communities that hoped for revenue from a boom.
Utah senator blocks emergency bill for Flint, Michigan
Utah senator blocks emergency bill for Flint, Michigan
Lee’s opposition helps build his brand as a hardcore conservative.
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
The setback is just the latest in a 30-year push to develop the rim.
Are Clean Power Plan targets out of reach for Western states?
Are Clean Power Plan targets out of reach for Western states?
Experts say emissions targets are attainable, but uncertainty over how to get there remains.
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Dedicated volunteers fight to preserve one of the trails that brought settlers west.