Energy & Industry

Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Tens of millions more dollars will flow into Western communities after a federal court throws out the Trump administration’s industry-friendly deal.
Trump’s infrastructure order threatens local right to protect the environment
Trump’s infrastructure order threatens local right to protect the environment
Washington blocked a coal terminal under the Clean Water Act. New rules could subvert that authority.
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
The decisions could curb greenhouse gas emissions from public lands.
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
Protesters from afar didn’t just take a stand in North Dakota — they brought the movement back home.
How Standing Rock blew up
How Standing Rock blew up
In a short time, a tribal concern became a massive movement.
Standing Rock’s men at war
Standing Rock’s men at war
By challenging our myths of the West and its warriors, Native men find their voice.
Latest: Another attempt to open Arctic drilling
Latest: Another attempt to open Arctic drilling
The legislation is Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ninth such try.
Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators
Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators
A study plans to remove mountain lions and black bears to boost mule deer.
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
A proposed bill moves to weaken executive power of the Antiquities Act.
Peace River flood survivors live with a dam’s disruptive legacy
Peace River flood survivors live with a dam’s disruptive legacy
Tensions remain between residents and the hydropower company responsible for the event.
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
The Blackfeet Tribe fought for this decision for more than 30 years.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
‘New Mexico’s DAPL’ is dead
‘New Mexico’s DAPL’ is dead
The pipeline would have carried crude oil drilled around Chaco Culture National Historic Park.
Canada’s pipeline plans run afoul of its climate goals
Canada’s pipeline plans run afoul of its climate goals
Environmentalists on both sides of the border are gauging Canada’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.
Through the years: Here’s what to read on Obama’s presidency
Through the years: Here’s what to read on Obama’s presidency
High Country News stories show how Obama wrangled the West.
5 reasons to be optimistic about climate change
5 reasons to be optimistic about climate change
Recent accomplishments have paved a way forward for environmental progress.
Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke evokes Roosevelt, but his record has veered away from environmental protection.
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence
A rundown of the people with ties to ALEC, the Koch brothers and federal land transfer legislation.
Feds withheld key documents from Standing Rock Sioux
Feds withheld key documents from Standing Rock Sioux
Still, Trump’s election reduces chances that the Dakota Access pipeline will be permanently blocked.
We talked to protesters at Standing Rock. Here’s what they learned.
We talked to protesters at Standing Rock. Here’s what they learned.
What protesters are thinking as crowds dissipate and cold seizes camp.
The twisted economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline
The twisted economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline
It’s not about energy independence or even climate change. It’s all about profit.
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Plans falter for West Coast coal terminals
Coal companies look to Asia, but face port challenges.
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