Energy & Industry

Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
The president’s commitment to oil and gas development gets tested.
West Obsessed: Early days of the Trump administration
West Obsessed: Early days of the Trump administration
Trump has made clear his domestic agenda. What do his energy policies mean for the West?
Why we need methane rules
Why we need methane rules
I worked in the oil and gas industry. Volunteer emission controls don’t work.
Latest: Roadless rule loophole for Colorado coal mine
Latest: Roadless rule loophole for Colorado coal mine
Enviromental groups had sued over the mine’s carbon impacts.
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
A dispatch from Prairie Knights Casino, now an outpost of the Standing Rock protests.
Missing science, disagreement surrounds fracking report
Missing science, disagreement surrounds fracking report
Pavillion, Wyoming is at the center of a fight over fracking’s risks.
West Obsessed: The view from inside Standing Rock’s camps
West Obsessed: The view from inside Standing Rock’s camps
In a special episode, we talk to reporter Tay Wiles, who is in North Dakota reporting on DAPL protests.
In the decision on Standing Rock, ghosts from the past
In the decision on Standing Rock, ghosts from the past
The federal government’s decision on Dakota Access pipeline could signal a shift in U.S.-tribal relations.
The companies behind DAPL don’t think they’ve lost
The companies behind DAPL don’t think they’ve lost
They “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”
Army Corps denies crucial DAPL easement
Army Corps denies crucial DAPL easement
Protesters react to the decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
In Bismarck, officials describe a chaotic mix of law enforcement and protesters.
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
‘Water protectors’ say they won’t move on a Dec. 5 eviction notice.
What Obama can actually do about Standing Rock
What Obama can actually do about Standing Rock
According to tribal law experts, not much.
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
The staff of High Country News discuss the inherent paradoxes in the president-elect’s campaign promises.
Obama’s rush to the end
Obama’s rush to the end
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
A decades-long plan to deliver the state’s gas reserves to the market remains in purgatory.
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Will laid-off energy workers get their jobs back? No. Regulations have nothing to do with this bust.
The misguided archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
The misguided archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
An archaeology professor explains how official reviews miss key tribal sites.
Army halts Dakota Access Pipeline construction
Army halts Dakota Access Pipeline construction
Federal government wants more discussions with tribes, analysis of possible spills.
Election roundup: What happened in the West
Election roundup: What happened in the West
A rundown of the West’s political shifts and ballot measures.
The West’s messy intersections
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Kim Stanley Robinson on climate change and the precarious health of the planet.
Revisiting Idaho’s lead-poisoning legacy
Revisiting Idaho’s lead-poisoning legacy
A new book documents a catastrophe in Silver Valley.