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Interior finalizes plans to welcome industry into Utah monuments
Interior finalizes plans to welcome industry into Utah monuments
The plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante provide ‘certainty’ to business owners and communities, officials said.
There’s a new boom in the Permian Basin — wastewater
There’s a new boom in the Permian Basin — wastewater
As freshwater supplies shrink, interest in recycling water leftover from fracking is growing. Others aren’t so sure.
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
The new rule would legalize the unintentional killing of birds by energy companies and other industries.
Trump’s attacks on public lands could help Democrats out West
Trump’s attacks on public lands could help Democrats out West
Monument reviews, wilderness access are key sticking points in the midterms.
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
The Interior secretary woos conservatives with logging, drilling, public access.
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
Holding onto home in rural North Dakota
A new documentary explores progress and place in fracking country.
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
How ‘America First’ often puts the West last.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Discussion of a ‘grid emergency’ ignores cheaper alternatives like solar and wind.
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
In a heavy-handed directive, the Department of Energy caters to industry barons.
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
If Congress doesn’t act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will end on Sept. 30.
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Prioritizing oil and gas over renewables ignores market forces and climate concerns.
Latest: Abandoned gas wells aren’t adequately managed
Latest: Abandoned gas wells aren’t adequately managed
A new report found the BLM falls short in overseeing orphan wells.
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, thanks to a partisan Congress.
Who pays for the damage caused by climate change?
Who pays for the damage caused by climate change?
Three Colorado communities are suing to make oil companies open their wallets.
Sage grouse shake-up alienates conservationists
Sage grouse shake-up alienates conservationists
Some back away from cooperating as trust in Interior wanes.
Tell Interior not to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Tell Interior not to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Against economic and ecological reason, officials plan to open the refuge to drilling.
Oil- and gas-rich counties ask for more federal revenue
Oil- and gas-rich counties ask for more federal revenue
A new bill would return money earmarked for Western water projects to mineral-producing counties.
Cashing in on Standing Rock
Cashing in on Standing Rock
How Veterans Stand squandered $1.4 million raised around the #NoDAPL protests.
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.
Coastal cities battle industry over climate change
Coastal cities battle industry over climate change
Fossil fuel companies face mounting lawsuits for their contributions to the looming climate catastrophe.
Wyoming is a poor state that exports talent. Will that ever change?
Wyoming is a poor state that exports talent. Will that ever change?
Two books examine the state’s homogenous economy and brain drain.
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