Energy & Industry

Keystone XL Pipeline gets a step closer to completion
Keystone XL Pipeline gets a step closer to completion
An already-built section of the pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil last week.
Nationwide, oil pipeline spills are a near-daily reality
Nationwide, oil pipeline spills are a near-daily reality
As Nebraska OKs Keystone XL route, a look at U.S. oil spills since 2015.
Our largest wildlife refuge is also the most vulnerable
Our largest wildlife refuge is also the most vulnerable
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under threat from the Trump administration.
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
New hydrocarbon estimates put western Colorado on edge
USGS now says the region has the nation’s second-largest reserves, but a flush market means little will change for now.
It’s time to put a price on carbon
It’s time to put a price on carbon
The United States should set a persuasive example for the rest of the world.
Oregon oil train explosion fuels growing opposition movement
Oregon oil train explosion fuels growing opposition movement
Some activists see the Pacific Northwest as a major new front in the climate fight.
Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas
Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas
Experts say low natural gas prices are the biggest cause of coal’s downturn.
Wyoming considers raising an already unique wind tax
Wyoming considers raising an already unique wind tax
Legislators say wind needs to pay its fair share, but critics fear a higher tax could drive energy—and revenue—away.
Latest: EPA finalizes rules to reduce methane leakage
Latest: EPA finalizes rules to reduce methane leakage
The rules target new oil and gas infrastructure.
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.
Why doesn’t the West report its lead data?
Why doesn’t the West report its lead data?
Lead poisoning in children is underreported nationwide, and the West’s lack of data is particularly glaring.
Video: Coal industry downturn rocks a Colorado mountain town
Video: Coal industry downturn rocks a Colorado mountain town
Former miners watch an iconic silo crumble, and discuss what it means for their community.
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.