Energy & Industry

Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Highlights and what it would mean for Western states.
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
A grandfathered mining claim has opened the doors to development.
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Why one of the nation's largest Superfund river sites can't address pollution from abandoned mines.
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
Can officials greenlight booming development and clean up the air at the same time?
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Outdated rules and budget shortfalls make it hard to catch.
Extraction taxes are on the ballot
Extraction taxes are on the ballot
North Dakota and Nevada voters might learn something from Wyoming.
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
Western grid operators can now buy backup power on a real-time, open market to smooth intermittent renewables.
Regulators release report on viability of nuclear waste storage at Yucca
Regulators release report on viability of nuclear waste storage at Yucca
But it doesn't mean the Nevada site is safe — or even back on the docket.
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Real-time response to demand could radically shift how the grid operates.
From the Tipi to the Tesla
From the Tipi to the Tesla
Activist Winona LaDuke on environmental justice and foregoing unclean technology.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Cobell case paid mineral royalties long due to tribal members.
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
The culprit is the extensive fossil fuel industry infrastructure, not just fracking or coal mines.
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
Amid energy boom in lower 48, Alaska looks to sell its oil overseas.
About the price of oil
About the price of oil
Since rig counts follow oil prices, the current slump will hurt Western economies.
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
What a huge Wyoming wind and Utah storage project tell us about the West's energy landscape.
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
When a worker died on the job, the company paid a $6,700 penalty, inciting new discussion on the issue.
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
How a gigantic federal bureaucracy is positioning itself to manage resources at a “landscape” level.
Can Hickenlooper get his middle-of-the-road magic back?
Can Hickenlooper get his middle-of-the-road magic back?
The Colorado governor has Democratic politicians calmed and fractivists pissed.
Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies — again?
Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies — again?
Even greenie hotspots get their economic mojo from fossil fuels.
A plan for California desert conservation comes online
A plan for California desert conservation comes online
Will it stop more solar and wind projects from being built in the wrong places?
War of the words
War of the words
New oil and gas ‘codebook’ aims to help the public muddle through the fracking debate
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Tremors in Colorado and New Mexico linked to coalbed methane extraction.