Energy & Industry

Why Silverton still doesn't want a Superfund site
Why Silverton still doesn't want a Superfund site
A polluted Colorado town wants to clean up on its own terms. But it’s been saying that for years.
Jonathan Thompson talks methane leaks with KDNK Radio
Jonathan Thompson talks methane leaks with KDNK Radio
Researchers are trying to find the source of emissions in the Four Corners region.
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Obama’s new rules won’t necessarily knock out the West’s aging power plants.
Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner
Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner
A long-delayed fracking rule will be announced within days.
Boom! Bust!
Boom! Bust!
Forty-five years of High Country News boom and bust cover stories.
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
What we can learn from the oil and gas roller coaster ride in Farmington and beyond.
An oil well, by the numbers
An oil well, by the numbers
A deep dive into drilling, operating and producing.
Latest: A Washington county puts the brakes on a new oil-train facility
Latest: A Washington county puts the brakes on a new oil-train facility
In the wake of recent oil-train derailments, Skagit County wants Shell to do a full environmental review.
Health impacts of wood smoke
Health impacts of wood smoke
A look at which stoves and furnaces emit the most particles damaging to your health, plus which states burn the most wood.
Oil and Gas Facts
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
States give Senate an earful on EPA greenhouse gas plan
Wyoming critiques federal coal plant cleanup at Senate hearing.
Jewell, Murkowski square off
Jewell, Murkowski square off
The Interior Secretary and Alaskan Senator spar over money and the environment.
Keystone isn’t the only pipeline proposal out there
Keystone isn’t the only pipeline proposal out there
As XL languishes in political controversy, new pipeline projects gain ground in Canada and Alaska.
Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon
Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon
Global forces conspire to keep energy prices low, for better and worse.
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
EPA found that state regulators allowed 2,500 to be contaminated.
Community solar comes of age in the West
Community solar comes of age in the West
A neighborhood solar experiment in Washington gains traction in other states.
The Latest: New Mexico fracking ban overturned
The Latest: New Mexico fracking ban overturned
A win for industry in the nation’s first county to ban the practice.
Statistical realism
Statistical realism
David Hughes crunches unpopular numbers for the shale oil boom.
Wastewater pipelines often leak in North Dakota
Wastewater pipelines often leak in North Dakota
Breaches in pipelines that carry water away from the oilfields can have devastating consequences.
After a string of accidents, refinery workers strike for safety
After a string of accidents, refinery workers strike for safety
Federal and state investigations have found lax safety practices at oil refineries going back a decade.
Fractivists target Denver to build support
Fractivists target Denver to build support
A new campaign launches to stop fracking before it starts in and around Denver.
Fewer trade secrets for Wyoming fracking fluid
Fewer trade secrets for Wyoming fracking fluid
A court settlement will make it harder for companies to hide chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
Canada’s mining boom spills into U.S. waters
Canada’s mining boom spills into U.S. waters
How do you protect a river that begins in another country?