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.
Water use is lower than it's been in 45 years
Water use is lower than it's been in 45 years
U.S. population has grown by 105 million people since 1970, yet we somehow shrank our water footprint.
Will falling oil prices kill the shale revolution?
Will falling oil prices kill the shale revolution?
The current drilling boom is more sensitive to price fluctuations than its predecessors.
Rocky Mountain sawmills rebound
Rocky Mountain sawmills rebound
But the industry says it needs more timber.
USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D
USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D
LIDAR is about to become more widespread -- helping agriculture, pilots and homeowners.
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
Can officials greenlight booming development and clean up the air at the same time?
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Outdated rules and budget shortfalls make it hard to catch.
Extraction taxes are on the ballot
Extraction taxes are on the ballot
North Dakota and Nevada voters might learn something from Wyoming.
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
Western grid operators can now buy backup power on a real-time, open market to smooth intermittent renewables.
Regulators release report on viability of nuclear waste storage at Yucca
Regulators release report on viability of nuclear waste storage at Yucca
But it doesn't mean the Nevada site is safe — or even back on the docket.
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Real-time response to demand could radically shift how the grid operates.
From the Tipi to the Tesla
From the Tipi to the Tesla
Activist Winona LaDuke on environmental justice and foregoing unclean technology.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Cobell case paid mineral royalties long due to tribal members.
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
The culprit is the extensive fossil fuel industry infrastructure, not just fracking or coal mines.
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
Amid energy boom in lower 48, Alaska looks to sell its oil overseas.
About the price of oil
About the price of oil
Since rig counts follow oil prices, the current slump will hurt Western economies.
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
What a huge Wyoming wind and Utah storage project tell us about the West's energy landscape.
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
When a worker died on the job, the company paid a $6,700 penalty, inciting new discussion on the issue.
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
How a gigantic federal bureaucracy is positioning itself to manage resources at a “landscape” level.
Can Hickenlooper get his middle-of-the-road magic back?
Can Hickenlooper get his middle-of-the-road magic back?
The Colorado governor has Democratic politicians calmed and fractivists pissed.