Energy & Industry

Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Many communities fight transport of crude oil through their towns; some find legal footing to succeed.
Drilling Chaco: What's actually at stake
Drilling Chaco: What's actually at stake
It's the archaeological landscape beyond New Mexico's Chaco Canyon that is most threatened.
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
The agency will calculate climate impacts of mine expansions in western Colorado.
A Western Town, Contaminated
Notes from a Montana town soaked in mining poisons
Metalpalooza '09
Metalpalooza '09
Metals mining is making an unexpectedly dramatic comeback in the West.
Audio: The joy of CX
Assistant editor Sarah Gilman explains why we should care about categorical exclusions.
Phosphate mining: a toxic tradition
Phosphate mining: a toxic tradition
Simplot plans for a phosphate mine in southeast Idaho endanger a family's ranching lifestyle.
Watts of water
Watts of water
Not all environmentalists believe that pumped hydroelectric storage projects are a good way to achieve more renewable energy.
Indians vs. Greens?
Indians vs. Greens?
In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.
Clean(er) coal?
Turning coal into natural gas -- underground.
Aldo Leopold might call it the new agrarianism
Aldo Leopold might call it the new agrarianism
Aldo Leopold advocated many conservation methods, but perhaps most important, he advocated a land ethic.
Time for the cows to come home
Autumn is cattle drive time, when winter management of the herd begins.
Audubon feathers fly in Arizona
Audubon feathers fly in Arizona
A controversial proposed land swap reveals the growing rift between Maricopa Audubon and a new and wealthier rival -- Audubon Arizona.