Energy & Industry

Recently discovered toad species already faces threats
Recently discovered toad species already faces threats
Meet three new toads that make a home in parts of the West’s harshest desert.
The BLM wants to nix fracking rule on water pollution
The BLM wants to nix fracking rule on water pollution
The agency says the regulation ‘imposes unjustified costs’ on oil and gas industry.
Drilling threatens Dinosaur National Monument — again
Drilling threatens Dinosaur National Monument — again
Old public-lands battles are rekindled as Interior prioritizes oil and gas.
The Latest: A gold tax in the Silver State?
The Latest: A gold tax in the Silver State?
Voters will decide if Nevada should finally increase the taxes mining companies pay
Helium rising in the West
Helium rising in the West
The region has become an important source of the technologically vital gas.
Hal Herring on the Rocky Mountain Front
Hal Herring on the Rocky Mountain Front
Hal Herring talks with KDNK's Nelson Harvey about looming energy development in his wild and sprawling backyard
Plugging in
Getting back on the grid after 15 years
Clinging to coal on the reservation is looking backward
Clinging to coal on the reservation is looking backward
Buying a 50-year old coal mine is a bad idea for the Navajo
So long, San Onofre (in like 700 million years)
The closing of a Southern California nuclear plant signals the end of an era — and the start of another
Tribes battle austerity with energy development
As the West burns, Native American leaders convene to plan their energy future.
Cow stomp: using cattle to reclaim mine land
Can Colorado ranchers and the Forest Service work together to erase old mining scars?
The United States of Energy
A cool new map shows the U.S.'s energy production and potential
It’s too soon to end Arizona’s solar incentives
It’s too soon to end Arizona’s solar incentives
Net metering is under attack in one of the nation's sunniest states
Wyoming digs its 10 billionth ton of coal
Wyoming digs its 10 billionth ton of coal
The industry hopes Wyoming's coal bonanza lasts another 100 years. But mining's peaks and valleys have never been entirely in its control.
The power grid may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit
The power grid may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit
How the huge and fragile network of wires intertwined into our very existence may determine whether we can kick our carbon habit.
Bighorn needn’t lose out to oil and gas trucks
Bighorn needn’t lose out to oil and gas trucks
North Dakota's Fish and Game Department needs to stand up and protect wildlife
No thanks, Estonia
No thanks, Estonia
Estonia can keep its Stone Age, oil-shale technology, along with its air pollution.
Jonathan Thompson on the grid
Jonathan Thompson on the grid
KDNK's Nelson Harvey talks with Jonathan Thompson about our stressed and complicated transmission system.
The Western Grid in maps and graphs
The Western Grid in maps and graphs
A map of the West's electric grid and graphs of weather related disturbances, the balance between regional systems, and the impact of geographic smoothing on renewable energy.
Alaska’s populist, Sarah Palin-era oil tax gets the ax
Alaska’s populist, Sarah Palin-era oil tax gets the ax
The Alaska Legislature cut the industry’s taxes to boost declining production in the North Slope. But the rollbacks don’t seem likely to have the desired effect.
A spark leads to a story
A spark leads to a story
A primer on the inner workings of the electric grid.
Going off grid is easy!
But you'll probably never do it, and here's why.
Weighing Pebble Mine
The EPA is one step closer to killing the project before it starts