Pollution

Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
How the Animas River disaster forced Silverton to face its pollution problem — and its destiny.
How moss helped reveal Portland’s pollution
How moss helped reveal Portland’s pollution
Surveys of tree moss uncovered contamination that may have led to higher cancer rates.
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A tangled history of profit, tragedy and unfulfilled dreams
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Concrete used to rebuild bridges on the Front Range appears to be the culprit for the deaths of 5,600 trout and other fish.
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
Ocean acidification, driven by global fossil fuel emissions, is being exacerbated by local pollution.
Fracking linked to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
Fracking linked to groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
Contaminants that likely came from fracking were found in an aquifer that supplies drinking water.
Photos: The costs of air pollution in Bakersfield, California
Photos: The costs of air pollution in Bakersfield, California
In the Central Valley, oil and agriculture both support and harm communities, making air pollution a complex problem.
The ‘poisoned landscapes’ we leave behind
The ‘poisoned landscapes’ we leave behind
Q&A with photographer David T. Hanson about his new book, ‘Wilderness to Wasteland,’ which shows a dystopian side of progress.
Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules
Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules
A conservative legal foundation fears its winning streak may be over.
Western states react strongly to Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan
Western states react strongly to Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan
Some states stop all work on cutting greenhouse gases but others forge ahead.
Did Colorado leave residents of the Raton Basin with bad water?
Did Colorado leave residents of the Raton Basin with bad water?
Regulators don’t link industry to contamination — but testing shows the pollution came after drilling.
BLM proposes rules for oil and gas methane emissions
BLM proposes rules for oil and gas methane emissions
The rule will help conserve natural gas and mitigate pollution, targeting 100,000 existing wells.
Massive leaks are an everyday occurrence in gas fields
Massive leaks are an everyday occurrence in gas fields
California’s Aliso Canyon is a reminder that methane emissions are widespread, poorly regulated — and ongoing.
Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases
Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases
Interior Department will examine the federal coal program in light of climate change.
Slow-motion methane disaster
Slow-motion methane disaster
Aliso Canyon has leaked more greenhouse gases in two months than a coal mine does in a year.
States lack rules for radioactive drilling waste disposal
States lack rules for radioactive drilling waste disposal
New report calls for stronger regulation to protect human health and water quality.
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Attorneys general sue the federal government, despite state governors’ objections.
Among those who fish the polluted Duwamish, a divide between haves and have-nots
Raw manure, public water and a failed crackdown: the case of Snydar Farm
Raw manure, public water and a failed crackdown: the case of Snydar Farm
Washington's Dept. of Ecology appears hesitant and often barred from regulating agriculture.
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew in Washington
Contaminated soil lingers where apples once grew in Washington
Soil at hundreds of properties contains lead and arsenic that can lower children’s IQs and increase cancer risk.
A pumpjack is not a coal mine
A pumpjack is not a coal mine
Eight things you need to know about coalbed methane mining.
Legal challenges over Exxon Valdez sputter to an end
Legal challenges over Exxon Valdez sputter to an end
Lingering oil remains and ecological monitoring will continue. But Alaskans are moving on.
In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods
In Colorado, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods
Tent cities, waste and overcrowding have created something foul in Crested Butte.