Oil

Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Climate change is damaging ecosystems that never had the chance to recover.
As oil trains roll into Portland, city residents keep watch
As oil trains roll into Portland, city residents keep watch
Without state oversight, activists step up to monitor the traffic in their own backyards.
‘A dangerous game of chicken’ on drilling near Chaco Canyon
‘A dangerous game of chicken’ on drilling near Chaco Canyon
Feds go back and forth on leasing culturally important lands.
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.
An oil well, by the numbers
An oil well, by the numbers
A deep dive into drilling, operating and producing.
Latest: A Washington county puts the brakes on a new oil-train facility
Latest: A Washington county puts the brakes on a new oil-train facility
In the wake of recent oil-train derailments, Skagit County wants Shell to do a full environmental review.
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