Energy & Industry

Zinke threatens to withhold energy development over healthcare vote
Zinke threatens to withhold energy development over healthcare vote
Murkowski’s vote against the Republican healthcare bill could cost the state.
Recently discovered toad species already face threats
Recently discovered toad species already face 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.
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
BLM fracking rules just got more industry-friendly
Feds weaken a proposal that many enviros say wasn’t strong enough in the first place
The cattle-cheatgrass connection
A new study says grazing helps cheatgrass invade
Rooftop solar is killing your utility!
But don't write a eulogy yet
Wyoming's pile of coal
The story of the state's 10-billionth ton
It's time to see exactly how the sausage gets made
It's time to see exactly how the sausage gets made
"Ag-gag" farm protection laws are the wrong way to go for the meat industry
A win for Monsanto on GMO crops
A "Roundup" of news about genetically-modified crops and their apparently unstoppable rise.
How technology detected a huge mine landslide before it happened
How technology detected a huge mine landslide before it happened
Employees at a Kennecott copper mine outside Salt Lake City knew an April 10 landslide was coming
Colorado likely to adopt tough new rural renewable energy requirements
Astronomical rate increases unlikely to follow
Navajos double-down on coal
Urban utilities want out of the coal business. The nation’s biggest tribe wants in.
Arizona's impending solar war
Battle lines are drawn as AZ's biggest utility threatens to axe net metering
The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law
The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law
A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.
Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom
Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom
A book review of Bill Carter's Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about copper, the metal that runs the world
The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety
The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety
Ex-nuclear regulatory commission chief says no U.S. nuclear plants are safe, while California's San Onofre plant plans to restart
Could California lead the West on regulating fracking?
The region's original oil state weighs environmental costs and economic benefits