Energy & Industry

Frackin’ on heaven’s door
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
How many people over the centuries have loved the Pawnee Buttes, only to see them ravaged?
Drilling, one mile outside Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes
Drilling, one mile outside Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes
Opposition swells against leases that could impede wildlife migration corridors.
Montana’s only congressman sells public lands short
Montana’s only congressman sells public lands short
Recreation-based businesses like canoe guiding rely on continued protection for national monuments.
Choosing between solar and soil in California
Choosing between solar and soil in California
Michael Robinson wants to lease some of his less-productive farmland for solar development, but a California law designed to protect the state's soil may make that impossible.
California clean energy rules may impede imports from rest of West
California clean energy rules may impede imports from rest of West
Renewable energy developers have long relied on selling to California, but recent changes make it harder for outsiders to access the market.
Can solar produce long-lasting jobs?
Can solar produce long-lasting jobs?
Constructing solar energy plants provides well-paying jobs, but most of the work is only temporary.
New podcast: There's (still) gold in them thar hills!
The latest episode of HCN's new monthly podcast, West of 100, is now available. Tune in -- it's free!
Recycling diesel emissions for farm fertilizer?
Recycling diesel emissions for farm fertilizer?
Canadian farmer Gary Lewis, fed up with the failures of synthetic fertilizer, has invented a system called Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology, a tractor add-on that recycles diesel emissions into fertilizer.
It’s the pits
New Mexico’s conservative pols rage against one of the nation's strictest oil and gas rules
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
The conservative, golf-playing retirees of Queen Valley, Ariz., are determined to stop a giant copper mine.
From gust to gale
So-called "grass-roots" opposition to wind may be centrally organized by powerful conservative think tanks and funded by oil and gas
The Pawnee Buttes oversee a changing landscape
The Pawnee Buttes oversee a changing landscape
Eastern Colorado’s Pawnee Buttes have witnessed so many historical changes that they’re likely to survive the current energy-development boom.
Frack fricasee
Election-year politics (partially) hijack Interior's new rules for hydraulic fracturing
Little grousing on the prairie
As drilling interest in the national grassland grows, few step up to protect it
Haste makes waste
More babble from the haymakers of energy politics
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes have long wanted a stake in the state's occasional oil booms, but the size, scope and speed of the Bakken development caught them completely unprepared.
Got the gold bug? Tour a mine.
It might just cure you
Land ownership on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
Redefining "renewable" to get a clean energy bill through Congress
Redefining "renewable" to get a clean energy bill through Congress
As his retirement looms, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., pushes a "clean energy" bill, one that broadens the energy mix beyond traditional "renewable" sources.
Solar power works best when it stays small and local
Solar power works best when it stays small and local
Industrial-style, large-scale solar developments on Western public lands are simply not the right way to go.
Insects v. orange juice lovers
The best way to stop a deadly citrus disease may be genetic engineering
Friday news roundup: Dwindling elk herds and the end of new coal plants?
Aging aqueducts, nuclear power large and small, and the dangers of working in Wyoming
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