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.
Friday News Roundup: Nuclear uncertainty
After Fukushima, American nuclear soldiers on, slowly
Hersh Saunders' transformation from prosthodontist to kosher slaughterer
Hersh Saunders' transformation from prosthodontist to kosher slaughterer
Frustrated by the difficulty of finding kosher meat from humanely raised animals, Rabbi Hersh Saunders began raising livestock and learned to butcher in the ritual way as a shochet.
The Estonian connection: Or how I started worrying about oil shale
Will a global oil shale push make it to the U.S. West?
A citizen activist forces New Mexico's dairies to clean up their act
A citizen activist forces New Mexico's dairies to clean up their act
When a giant dairy proposed building near Jerry Nivens' beloved New Mexico home, the chain-smoking Texas hermit became an activist who organized other locals to fight the industry.
Friday news roundup: speeding renewable projects on tribal lands
Interior deadlines would accelerate languishing lease applications
Can an old mine become a work of art?
Can an old mine become a work of art?
The old Ute-Ule mine site outside Lake City, Colo., is under scrutiny by the Hardrock Revision Team, which wants to clean up the mine and yet preserve it as a living and historic work of art.
Don't drink the (benzene) water
Pavillion, Wyo., residents learn what's in their tainted water, but can't say if gas drilling fouled it
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
Jana Hughes, of Hobbs, N.M., does not find dairies to be good neighbors. Janet Claborn, of Muleshoe, Texas, has recruited 14 dairies to her town and sees them as an economic development blessing.
Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own
Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own
Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley that helps aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.
The ranchers who turned the tide against the XL pipeline
A grass roots effort that worked
Changing the way renewables are funded
One idea: rob from the rich (subsidized fossil fuels) and give to the poor (renewables)
The (slowly) changing face of energy country
In many corners of the Southwest, renewable energy potential remains just that
Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines
Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines
The Obama administration's electrical transmission permitting agencies are cooperating to speed grid updates and fast track clean energy projects, as demand for power grows.
Spotty enforcement in the gas patch
New report finds weak and inconsistent regulations.
In the rush for uranium, cooler heads prevail -- for now
Recent activity halts mining in sensitive areas, but push for more mining and uranium processing facilities continues
BLM experiments with camouflage to hide renewable power structures
BLM experiments with camouflage to hide renewable power structures
The Bureau of Land Management is working with landscape architects and camouflage experts to better disguise renewable energy infrastructure on public lands.
Coal consolidation
Proposed merger of two mining-related federal agencies draws complaints
Boulder's energy future on the ballot
Colorado's progressive hub wants to create its own electric utility
Solar energy on public lands: The 80,000 have spoken
The Bureau of Land Management updates its solar energy study -- and enviros seem kind of happy
Friday news roundup: Uranium -- To mine or not to mine?
The feds ban mining around the Grand Canyon as a Wyoming project heats up