Energy & Industry

Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Planned regulations come as many Western migratory species experience steep declines.
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
By lowering tariffs and regulatory hurdles, the deal could make it easier to sell natural gas to Japan.
A cleaner coal?
A cleaner coal?
Proponents say that underground coal gasification could produce cleaner energy, but some environmentalists have their doubts.
Frack 2, Scene 1
Frack 2, Scene 1
New York City fights drilling in its watershed, and even some energy executives say the industry needs to be more transparent about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
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.
Biotech beet-down
Biotech beet-down
That candy bar you're eating may have been made with genetically modified beets that were illegally approved.
Tapping into methane
Coal mines may be able to turn waste greenhouse gas into energy.
Butte Pacific
On Superfund and the ranching life.
Bright sunshiny day
Arizona's solar industry is finally picking up steam.
The long dark tea time of the split estate
Feds may finally begin contacting landowners when they lease mineral rights under their property.
"Nuclear whack-a-mole"
Utah goes to court against nuclear waste company EnergySolutions.
Thunderstorm in late August
On Rivers and Ranching: Superfunds and the Ranching Life
Down and out
New Mexico farm workers fight for their rights.