Mining

The dark secrets of the Animas River
The dark secrets of the Animas River
A 2015 spill that turned the waterway orange is a reminder of mining’s lethal legacy.
Bears Ears is open for business
Bears Ears is open for business
A reporter staked a mining claim on former monument lands. You could, too.
At Bears Ears, Trump and Zinke ignored everyone but industry
At Bears Ears, Trump and Zinke ignored everyone but industry
Newly released documents show that locals had little voice in monument decisions.
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
The mines are still in business, yet towns that once flourished are now mostly gone.
Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon
Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon
Plus a Cliven Bundy supporter is charged and BLM emails about the Nevada standoff were released.
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Two decades after restoration began, life returns to a stream sterilized by mining.
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
Forest Service sticks up for coal mining on roadless lands
The agency will calculate climate impacts of mine expansions in western Colorado.
Canada’s mining boom spills into U.S. waters
Canada’s mining boom spills into U.S. waters
How do you protect a river that begins in another country?
How Native Americans have shaped the year's biggest environmental debates
How Native Americans have shaped the year's biggest environmental debates
And how lawmakers can improve their record next year.
Mining proposal threatens Arizona town's water supply
Mining proposal threatens Arizona town's water supply
Report outlines risks that mine will deplete aquifer and contaminate groundwater.
The Latest: Ruptured tailings pond spills waste in Canada
The Latest: Ruptured tailings pond spills waste in Canada
The Mount Polley breach may harm salmon.
Jared Polis abandons anti-fracking initiatives
Jared Polis abandons anti-fracking initiatives
A Democratic family feud takes a surprising turn in Colorado.
Imminent tar sands mine incites civil disobedience in Utah
The Latest: Mining battle update at Utah’s Tavaputs Plateau
The Latest: Mining battle update at Utah’s Tavaputs Plateau
State supreme court gives green light to tar sands permits.
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
Photographs of people and places in flux.
Suckers for gold
Suckers for gold
Recreational dredgers can wreck stream beds.
The Latest: Two energy giants forced to clean up uranium mess
The Latest: Two energy giants forced to clean up uranium mess
Kerr-McGee and Anadarko to put billions into detoxing.
The Latest: EPA released a final assessment of Pebble Mine impacts
The Latest: EPA released a final assessment of Pebble Mine impacts
The development would destroy rivers and wetlands.
Worst place for a major mine?
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.
The Latest: Mt. Taylor uranium mines still haunt Navajo communities
The Latest: Mt. Taylor uranium mines still haunt Navajo communities
A permit for an inactive mine may be renewed.
A mining rush in Canada’s backcountry threatens Alaska salmon
A mining rush in Canada’s backcountry threatens Alaska salmon
Canadian governments back proposals for more than a dozen new mines along salmon-rich rivers that flow to the Alaska coast.
Metalpalooza '09
Metalpalooza '09
Metals mining is making an unexpectedly dramatic comeback in the West.
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