Oil

When your neighborhood goes boom
When your neighborhood goes boom
How site workers and firefighters responding to a 2017 natural gas explosion in Windsor, Colorado, narrowly avoided disaster.
We traveled 2,000 miles to save Chaco Canyon
We traveled 2,000 miles to save Chaco Canyon
Pueblo historic sites face oil and gas development on unprotected public lands.
Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots
Citizens put renewable energy on this year’s ballots
Across several states, voter-driven initiatives rein in oil-and-gas development while promoting wind and solar.
Arctic off-shore drilling hits home in Barrow, Alaska
Arctic off-shore drilling hits home in Barrow, Alaska
Dispatch from the nation’s northernmost town, a community divided.
Where industry makes earthquakes
Where industry makes earthquakes
Fracking has caused quakes in several states, but more research is needed.
Hillary would charge new fees for fossil fuel extraction
Hillary would charge new fees for fossil fuel extraction
Candidate for Democratic nomination tells Republican presidential hopefuls to heed scientists on global warming.
Canada can't expand oil sands and also meet global climate goals
Canada can't expand oil sands and also meet global climate goals
103 scientists call for a moratorium on new development.
Mapping 7 million gallons of crude oil spills
Mapping 7 million gallons of crude oil spills
A thousand pipeline ruptures or spills reported nationwide in the past five years.
HCN forum: Local control in a federal West
HCN forum: Local control in a federal West
Hear a panel of experts discuss whether communities should have more authority over federal lands in their backyards.
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Wyoming will require companies to retrofit equipment
Drilling is down, driving is up in wake of low petroleum prices
Drilling is down, driving is up in wake of low petroleum prices
Demand increases, but rig counts plummet and workers continue to get laid off.
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
Tesla powerplay, Sacramento Delta protections, Recapture Canyon protesters found guilty and more.
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
Drilling has stripped bare three Yellowstones worth of land in recent years.
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not immune to effects of the Bakken oil boom.
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Should oil pipelines be better regulated instead of flat out opposed?
Conversation with an author of a new book on pipeline rust, regulation and safety.
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Interior considers hike in oil and gas royalty rates
Industry opposes reforms at a time when low oil prices deter drilling.
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
Scientists, planes and instruments descend on San Juan Basin to find roots of the massive greenhouse gas hotspot.
Drilling Chaco: What's actually at stake
Drilling Chaco: What's actually at stake
It's the archaeological landscape beyond New Mexico's Chaco Canyon that is most threatened.
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
But they're unlikely to resolve today's fierce skirmishes over oil and gas development.
Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner
Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner
A long-delayed fracking rule will be announced within days.
Boom! Bust!
Boom! Bust!
Forty-five years of High Country News boom and bust cover stories.
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
Lessons from boom and bust in New Mexico
What we can learn from the oil and gas roller coaster ride in Farmington and beyond.
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