Energy & Industry

Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Obama-era plan required mining companies to prove they can pay for remediation.
Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears reopens wounds that Obama sought to heal.
What national monument protections do
What national monument protections do
Some say the Bears Ears shrinkage won’t change anything — they’re wrong.
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.
The New California Desert Protection Act
The New California Desert Protection Act
A map of desert areas proposed for protection, some of which are also slated for energy projects.
On losing nothing
On losing nothing
Climate change will transform both the Arctic and the Mojave Desert, but for different reasons
Federal Helium Reserve faces uncertainty amid global shortage
Federal Helium Reserve faces uncertainty amid global shortage
An obscure BLM facility plays a critical role in a market hit hard by the fracking boom
Is coal making a comeback?
A "symbiotic relationship" between natural gas and renewables has yet to make as much headway as hoped.
Does oil and gas drilling cause earthquakes?
Industry experts give conflicting views on the connection
Smug alert
Smug alert
None of us are without sin when it comes to using energy.
To kill or not to kill?
A bill in Congress would ban horse slaughter (again)