Energy & Industry

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.
Beyond ozone
Researchers attempt to tease out the health effects of emissions from oil and gas drilling.
Romney energy plan more of the same
The GOP presidential candidate becomes the gajillionth politician to tout energy independence
Hawk watching on the Mokelumne River
Hawk watching on the Mokelumne River
Wind energy may pose a threat to raptors as immediate as encroaching development.
A tale of two power plants
Rulings for haze reductions play out differently for two southwest power stations
We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices
We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices
In Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee hears from 39 writers, biologists, activists and Native Americans about the need to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Birkenstocks and Stetsons
Sustainable ranching isn't as new, or as alternative, as some Easterners might think
Price matters
How the natural gas glut is rippling across the economies and landscapes of the West (with charts!)
Will Utah's tar sands make it the Alberta of the high desert?
Will Utah's tar sands make it the Alberta of the high desert?
Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands says it's ready to take its exploratory effort in eastern Utah’s Tavaputs Plateau commercial.
Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India
Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India
Ambitious schemes to build railroads and ports to ship Powder River Basin coal abroad will bring pollution and traffic to communities along the transport path, who are rising up in protest.
A look inside a clean water regulator's mind
Why the EPA ignores factory farm pollution
Black Sunday, 30 years later
Black Sunday, 30 years later
The author attends a peculiar reunion, a meeting with the former Exxon executives who pulled the plug on oil shale three decades ago.
A revision to our energy future
Conservationists will influence new energy corridors
Afield with a vegan gas man
Afield with a vegan gas man
HCN talks with Eric Sanford of SG Interests about the politics of energy development, split estate, and more.
High Noon for solar
High Noon for solar
Why does solar power development lag in the United States when it has taken off all over Europe?
Sometimes environmentalists miss the boat
Sometimes environmentalists miss the boat
Colorado environmentalists goofed when they opposed a bill that would have harnessed the methane produced by coal mines as a form of renewable energy.
Gas tracks
Railroads capitalize on the energy boom
The Atlas of the Industrial West
The Atlas of the Industrial West
An annotated map shows you how to find some of the West's odder sites, such as old bombing ranges, giant dams, huge industrial projects and giant telescope arrays.
Gregory Jaczko's resignation weakens federal nuclear regulation
Gregory Jaczko's resignation weakens federal nuclear regulation
The San Onofre nuclear power plant has problems that are perhaps endemic to the industry, and chairman Gregory Jaczko's May 2012 resignation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission means there's one less strong regulator keeping a sharp eye on industry.
Aging mining law handcuffs the American West
Tucson, Ariz., is joining the list of western cities getting shafted by the out-of-date 1872 General Mining Law.
The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar
The fading Arizona town of Gila Bend bets big on solar
At last -- a place to put utility scale plants that won't ruin the desert. But will politics and the economy get in the way?