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How Native Americans have shaped the year's biggest environmental debates
And how lawmakers can improve their record next year.
Dec. 17, 2014
Mining proposal threatens Arizona town's water supply
Report outlines risks that mine will deplete aquifer and contaminate groundwater.
Dec. 5, 2014
The Latest: Ruptured tailings pond spills waste in Canada
The Mount Polley breach may harm salmon.
Aug. 28, 2014
Jared Polis abandons anti-fracking initiatives
A Democratic family feud takes a surprising turn in Colorado.
Aug. 12, 2014
Imminent tar sands mine incites civil disobedience in Utah
Aug. 5, 2014
The Latest: Mining battle update at Utah’s Tavaputs Plateau
State supreme court gives green light to tar sands permits.
July 14, 2014
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
Photographs of people and places in flux.
Lucas Foglia and Sarah Gilman
June 13, 2014
Suckers for gold
Recreational dredgers can wreck stream beds.
June 9, 2014
The Latest: Two energy giants forced to clean up uranium mess
Kerr-McGee and Anadarko to put billions into detoxing.
April 28, 2014
The Latest: EPA released a final assessment of Pebble Mine impacts
The development would destroy rivers and wetlands.
Feb. 3, 2014
Worst place for a major mine?
Update on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region -- a threat to the world’s best salmon ecosystem.
Krista Langlois and Ray Ring
Nov. 25, 2013
The Latest: Mt. Taylor uranium mines still haunt Navajo communities
A permit for an inactive mine may be renewed.
Sept. 2, 2013
Metals mining is making an unexpectedly dramatic comeback in the West.
Nov. 6, 2009
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