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.
A former energy company lawyer now fights for the other side
A former energy company lawyer now fights for the other side
Attorney Lance Astrella represents landowners coping with oil and gas development on their doorsteps.
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The West's once-faltering extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the energy needs of developing countries like China.
Boom or bust for the West's fossil fuel economy?
Boom or bust for the West's fossil fuel economy?
The developing countries of Asia will drive future fossil fuel production in the West.
When the locals don't want your coal, sell it overseas
When the locals don't want your coal, sell it overseas
Global markets could keep Powder River Basin coal flowing overseas for decades to come.
Global Players in the West's Extraction Economy
Global Players in the West's Extraction Economy
An interactive map of global influence in Western energy plays
The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states
The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states
China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.
Judge halts Montana megaload shipments
Preliminary injunction stops transport of oil equipment to Alberta Oil Sands.
The climate impact of coal exports
Will sending coal to China increase pollution?
Reflecting on nuclear crises doesn't leave clear answers
It sometimes seems we can't live without uranium
Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, may resume mining
Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, may resume mining
As prices soar, Freeport McMoRan ponders reviving the town's Climax molybdenum mine
Clean coal still mostly a dream
Will Wyoming and Montana ever be able to cash in on a "clean coal" reality?
Out of their mines
Why calls to allow good Samaritans to clean up old mines are a bad idea
With Heavy Government Help, Solar Continues Expansion in West
Will solar subsidies pay off?
Abrahm Lustgarten on fracking
Abrahm Lustgarten on fracking
An interview with ProPublica energy and environment reporter Abrahm Lustgarten.
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.
To Drill or Not to Drill is Not the Only Question
We may worship the derrick less than polls and reporting suggest
BLM shields renewable projects from mining speculation
BLM shields renewable projects from mining speculation
New rule clears the way for solar and wind projects on public land.
A toothless watchdog
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows the triumph of corporate power.
A nuclear watchdog pushes feds on safety
A nuclear watchdog pushes feds on safety
California Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee questions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the safety of the state’s nuclear plants.