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Pro-coal arguments win the day at Denver EPA hearing on CO2 regulations

November 5, 2013

Coal industry workers from Wyoming and other states shared their views at an Environmental Protection Agency meeting in Denver.

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The environmental lawsuit sue-and-settle spin cycle

August 27, 2013

Sue-and-settle tactics haven’t rewritten any laws; only Congress can do that. But they still rankle industry and its conservative allies.

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Guest Opinion: Yellowstone cell tower reignites debate over phones in the backcountry

August 13, 2013

On July 23, the National Park Service approved its sixth Yellowstone cell tower, adding to dozens of towers already existing in other national parks.

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Conservation goals collide with worker housing in Jackson Hole

June 25, 2013

Because of its environment, Jackson Hole is in a class all its own. But the need for worker housing is calling conservation efforts into …

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Is coal making a comeback?

Commentary by High Country News April 9, 2013 April 9, 2013

A “symbiotic relationship” between natural gas and renewables has yet to make as much headway as hoped.

Environment Thumbnail image for Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India

Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India

July 31, 2012

A wide range of individuals and groups are concerned that some of the world’s biggest coal and rail companies want to begin shipping huge amounts …

Energy Thumbnail image for The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West

The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West

March 20, 2012

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has a new layer of analysis it can use to protect resources before mineral leasing occurs on public lands. …

Energy Thumbnail image for A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming

A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming

January 31, 2012

John Wold is one of Wyoming’s most notorious wildcatters. At the age of 95, he still enjoys the thrill and challenge of making new oil …

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The perilous journey of Wyoming’s migrating pronghorn

January 3, 2012

Writer Emilene Ostlind looks back at four seasons spent tracking and hiking the remote northern corridor of the “Path of the Pronghorn,” the life-line migration …

Policy Thumbnail image for Landing a Land Transaction

Landing a Land Transaction

November 29, 2011

A Wyoming congressional representative is trying to resurrect a federal land sale act to reduce the budget deficit and help the National Park Service end …

Energy Thumbnail image for Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines

Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines

November 22, 2011

The Obama administration announced in October a new attempt to streamline power line permitting among dozens of federal and state agencies.

Politics Thumbnail image for Tongue River Water War

Tongue River Water War

May 31, 2011

“First in time, first in right” guides how water is divvied up within states but doesn’t always apply across borders. Wyoming and Montana instead rely …

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BLM’s Conservation Experiment

January 4, 2011

Under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s mandate to manage for “multiple use and sustained yield,” grazing, mining and drilling have historically trumped conservation, while …

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Battling Beetles with “Sonic Bullets”

Commentary by High Country News July 12, 2010 July 12, 2010

Flagstaff–Halfway through 7th grade, Reagan McGuire quit school and became a pool shark. His father and grandfather were boxers, and McGuire, who inherited their taste …