Energy & Industry

Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
Urban sprawl, energy development, agriculture and forestry have an ever-larger footprint on the West.
What the U.S. can learn from European coal miners’ second act
What the U.S. can learn from European coal miners’ second act
Europe and the U.S. have taken different paths in response to climate concerns and coal declines.
Protests against drilling on public lands are escalating
Protests against drilling on public lands are escalating
In Colorado, another showdown at a government auction for oil and gas leases.
Friday news roundup: repeals and drying rivers
Fish v. farmers in California; cleaning up gas; marijuana mayhem
A moral issue confronts industrial farmers
A moral issue confronts industrial farmers
Farmers in Nebraska are feeling the pressure from groups that demand better treatment for animals on factory farms.
The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West
The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West
Master leasing plans, or MLPs, are a new tool designed to help the Bureau of Land Management better coordinate energy leasing and development in areas that may need special treatment or protection.
Saying good-bye to the ranch
Saying good-bye to the ranch
Four families cooperate on conservation easements in order to save a huge ranch in Colorado from development.
That old Bakken forth
Drillers again sniffing around Montana's not-actually-fully protected Rocky Mountain Front
U.S. is net energy exporter! (Psych!)
Despite recent headlines, the "drill baby drill" method isn't getting us close to breaking our dependence on foreign oil
A fresh focus on frack attacks
A fresh focus on frack attacks
In all the fuss about fracking, the many other problems caused by rampant oil and gas development are being overlooked.
Our nuclear legacy should have taught us something
Our nuclear legacy should have taught us something
Utah considers building a nuclear power plant despite the fact that it's still cleaning up the mess left over from the last uranium boom.
Words are wind
In Idaho, anti-wind advocates build buzz with billboards
Obama praises natural gas, but is there enough to satisfy U.S. demand?
Obama praises natural gas, but is there enough to satisfy U.S. demand?
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to please everyone, but even his renewable energy proposals rely on finding more natural gas than may exist.
Oil and gas water use: the real issues
Drilling spouts more (salty toxic nasty) water than it slurps
Green Revolution 2.0? Using molecular markers to speed up Mendel
Breeding drought-resistant crops without genetic modification
Air quality and energy development
Critics worry about water, but air pollution from oil and gas can also be significant
The education of an oyster farmer
The education of an oyster farmer
If you want to run a successful oyster farm, you need to develop a taste for eating raw oysters.
The buzz on bees
Scientists make some progress in understanding what's killing off the nation's honeybees.
Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects
Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects
Although the West supplies most of the nation’s coal, the effects of coal-fired plant emissions are felt much further afield.
EPA grilled over Pavillion report
At a House hearing, state officials and industry representatives face off against agency and health scientists
Beyond control
State governments wrestle with locals over the power to regulate oil and gas
A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming
A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming
Wold Oil Properties is a wildcatter - a small company that explores for oil and gas in areas where the fuels aren't known to exist in valuable quantities.
Monopolies march on
The Obama administration's antitrust actions have failed to materialize for those in agriculture