Horizontal drilling and fracking have prompted an oil boom in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, Alisa Barba reported earlier this week. But an increase in drilling -- 590 oil wells have been drilled and completed in the Powder River Basin since January of 2009 -- has its consequences. Mead Gruver from Associated Press reported yesterday that 2014 has already been the state's worst year for oil spills since 2009.
Watts Bar actually is what it sounds like: a watering hole for light bulbs. It’s a nuclear reactor. And not just any nuclear reactor. When it begins operating next year, it'll be the first new commercial reactor in the U.S. in nearly 20 years.
With temperatures dropping across the northern United States, power plants would usually be stockpiling coal in preparation for higher electricity demand during the winter months, but this year, that’s proving problematic.
The dangers of the Bering Sea crab fishery have been made famous by the reality TV show Deadliest Catch, but in the last 15 years, it’s become much safer, in large part thanks to collaboration between industry, scientists and regulators. We wondered: are there lessons that the oil and gas industry could learn from the crab industry’s safety gains?
For more than a decade, Wyoming has been among the most dangerous places in the nation for workers. Fatalities peaked in the late 2000s, at the height of the state’s natural gas drilling frenzy. The number of deaths has fallen in recent years, but has the safety culture changed, or did the drilling rigs just move on?