Energy & Industry

West Obsessed: How Trump has affected the region so far
West Obsessed: How Trump has affected the region so far
Taking stock of the deregulation of land and climate protections in 2017.
‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise
‘Orphaned’ oil and gas wells are on the rise
Wells left behind by industry threaten to overwhelm Western states.
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
The Trump administration will allow oil and gas leasing in key sagebrush lands.
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
Climate change, not terrorists, is the real threat to the power grid
A substation sabotage in San Jose stirs up the conspiracy theorists
Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro
Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro
Reviving a small hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek was supposed to help the city's utility get closer to providing 100 percent carbon free electricity as part of an effort to fight climate change. Instead, it's kicked up a furor.
High-tech canary in the copper mine
New radar technologies helped Kennecott predict huge mine landslide
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.