Energy & Industry

Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
A grandfathered mining claim has opened the doors to development.
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Why one of the nation's largest Superfund river sites can't address pollution from abandoned mines.
Natural gas exports to Mexico are surging
Natural gas exports to Mexico are surging
A major new energy export market quietly emerges as Mexico takes advantage of low-priced U.S. gas.
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.
Solar salvation?
Solar salvation?
Timber companies and unemployed workers are looking to renewable energy for an economic boost.
Milk: It doesn't always do a body good
A comprehensive list of dairy accidents and deaths in the West
Parks for the people -- not profit
Parks for the people -- not profit
Sen. Dianne Feinstein ignored the public when she tried – and failed – to set up a special deal for a privately owned oyster company at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore.
The dark side of dairies
The dark side of dairies
A combination of lax laws and poor oversight leaves dairy workers vulnerable to exploitation and on-the-job dangers.
Mission critical
Mission critical
With global warming threatening the planet, even environmentalists are looking more kindly at natural gas.