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.
Wilderness for ANWR?
Greater protection considered for Arctic coastal plain
In megaloads battle, has David slain Goliath again?
ExxonMobil is backpedaling on use of Highway 12 for giant loads
Livid over livestock
A rule proposal is the newest U.S. attempt to have a national livestock traceability system
Air quality and all that gas
EPA proposes new rules for fracking
Biochar makeover for abandoned mines?
Biochar makeover for abandoned mines?
Researchers are trying to restore the damaged, acidic soil around abandoned hardrock mines with the help of biochar, a special form of charcoal.
Proposed Alaska dam pushes state to examine hydropower options
Project would help state reach renewable energy goals
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The Old West-style extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the insatiable energy needs of countries like China.
Next train to ... China?
Billionaire drops opposition to a railroad that will give Montana coal a new path to market
Industry boosts pro-fracking PR
Denial of risks is an environmental injustice
Hydropower remains dominant energy source in the West
Despite the troubled past of dam building, water power still popular
A former energy company lawyer now fights for the other side
A former energy company lawyer now fights for the other side
Attorney Lance Astrella represents landowners coping with oil and gas development on their doorsteps.
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The return of the Lords of Yesterday
The West's once-faltering extractive economy is roaring back to life, powered by the energy needs of developing countries like China.
Boom or bust for the West's fossil fuel economy?
Boom or bust for the West's fossil fuel economy?
The developing countries of Asia will drive future fossil fuel production in the West.
When the locals don't want your coal, sell it overseas
When the locals don't want your coal, sell it overseas
Global markets could keep Powder River Basin coal flowing overseas for decades to come.
Global Players in the West's Extraction Economy
Global Players in the West's Extraction Economy
An interactive map of global influence in Western energy plays
The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states
The Global West: how foreign investment fuels resource extraction in western states
China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.
Judge halts Montana megaload shipments
Preliminary injunction stops transport of oil equipment to Alberta Oil Sands.
The climate impact of coal exports
Will sending coal to China increase pollution?
Reflecting on nuclear crises doesn't leave clear answers
It sometimes seems we can't live without uranium
Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, may resume mining
Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, may resume mining
As prices soar, Freeport McMoRan ponders reviving the town's Climax molybdenum mine