Energy & Industry

Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Obama’s new rules won’t necessarily knock out the West’s aging power plants.
Tracking energy’s ‘fugitive emissions,’ from above
Tracking energy’s ‘fugitive emissions,’ from above
Scientists are trying to understand what’s released from the nation’s biggest energy producing regions.
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Unlocking the mystery of the Four Corners Methane Hot Spot
Scientists zero in on the culprits behind a giant plume of greenhouse gases.
Drilling is down, driving is up in wake of low petroleum prices
Drilling is down, driving is up in wake of low petroleum prices
Demand increases, but rig counts plummet and workers continue to get laid off.
Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Planned regulations come as many Western migratory species experience steep declines.
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
By lowering tariffs and regulatory hurdles, the deal could make it easier to sell natural gas to Japan.
Tesla powerplay, Sacramento Delta protections, Recapture Canyon protesters found guilty and more.
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Questions remain over whether the bill prohibits certain data collection on federal land or just private and state.
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
The mines are still in business, yet towns that once flourished are now mostly gone.
Courts force feds to consider climate impacts of mining coal
Courts force feds to consider climate impacts of mining coal
A Colorado mine sees the latest in a string of rulings that may threaten the industry.
Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Western states wrestle with Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Closed-door sessions on the EPA's proposal to cut coal-fired power plant emissions.
A coal terminal would bring profit to one tribe, damage to another
A coal terminal would bring profit to one tribe, damage to another
Photos of the communities for and against the proposed Washington port.
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
Drilling has stripped bare three Yellowstones worth of land in recent years.
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
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A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not immune to effects of the Bakken oil boom.
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Conversation with an author of a new book on pipeline rust, regulation and safety.
How an international trade deal will impact Western states
How an international trade deal will impact Western states
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean more beef imports and natural gas exports.
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Industry opposes reforms at a time when low oil prices deter drilling.
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
Scientists, planes and instruments descend on San Juan Basin to find roots of the massive greenhouse gas hotspot.
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Many communities fight transport of crude oil through their towns; some find legal footing to succeed.
Drilling Chaco: What's actually at stake
Drilling Chaco: What's actually at stake
It's the archaeological landscape beyond New Mexico's Chaco Canyon that is most threatened.
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
The agency will calculate climate impacts of mine expansions in western Colorado.