Energy & Industry

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.
U.S. is net energy exporter! (Psych!)
Despite recent headlines, the "drill baby drill" method isn't getting us close to breaking our dependence on foreign oil
A fresh focus on frack attacks
A fresh focus on frack attacks
In all the fuss about fracking, the many other problems caused by rampant oil and gas development are being overlooked.
Our nuclear legacy should have taught us something
Our nuclear legacy should have taught us something
Utah considers building a nuclear power plant despite the fact that it's still cleaning up the mess left over from the last uranium boom.
Words are wind
In Idaho, anti-wind advocates build buzz with billboards
Obama praises natural gas, but is there enough to satisfy U.S. demand?
Obama praises natural gas, but is there enough to satisfy U.S. demand?
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to please everyone, but even his renewable energy proposals rely on finding more natural gas than may exist.
Oil and gas water use: the real issues
Drilling spouts more (salty toxic nasty) water than it slurps
Green Revolution 2.0? Using molecular markers to speed up Mendel
Breeding drought-resistant crops without genetic modification
Air quality and energy development
Critics worry about water, but air pollution from oil and gas can also be significant
The education of an oyster farmer
The education of an oyster farmer
If you want to run a successful oyster farm, you need to develop a taste for eating raw oysters.
The buzz on bees
Scientists make some progress in understanding what's killing off the nation's honeybees.
Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects
Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects
Although the West supplies most of the nation’s coal, the effects of coal-fired plant emissions are felt much further afield.
EPA grilled over Pavillion report
At a House hearing, state officials and industry representatives face off against agency and health scientists
Beyond control
State governments wrestle with locals over the power to regulate oil and gas
A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming
A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming
Wold Oil Properties is a wildcatter - a small company that explores for oil and gas in areas where the fuels aren't known to exist in valuable quantities.
Monopolies march on
The Obama administration's antitrust actions have failed to materialize for those in agriculture
Why industry doesn't like "fracking" and neither do I
The word "fracking" has great PR value for environmental activists, but it seems to be completely taking over the debate over oil and gas development.
Tar sands battle continues in California courts
Legal brawl over state's low-carbon fuel rule will affect global markets for Canada's dirtier crude
Let the EPA finish its work in Pavillion, Wyoming
Let the EPA finish its work in Pavillion, Wyoming
The gas industry and its political partners are going to great lengths to try to derail and discredit an EPA report that blames Pavillion, Wyoming’s polluted water on hydraulic fracking.
Colorado's green(ish) gas baron
Colorado's green(ish) gas baron
A conversation with Ed Warner about energy, academics and the environment
Renewables forecast: rainy with patchy sunshine
Government report shows renewables edging out nuclear