Pigs are used for cleaning pipelines, pipelines that carry natural gas, crude oil, waste water from energy producing areas to the places where that energy is used. Perhaps more importantly, they are used to inspect the millions of miles of pipeline that crisscross the country for corrosion and other problems.
This week, the Governor of Colorado announced he would convene a special task force to work on resolving conflicts between residents and the state’s oil and gas industry. It's made the political establishment here breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The Colorado Governor’s office has announced a last-minute compromise to prevent a costly election battle this fall over oil and gas drilling in the state. Gov. John Hickenlooper hopes a new task force is a better solution to the fracking wars than competing ballot measures in November.
In some parts of the country, coal might seem like an endangered species, threatened by shiny new energy sources and the president’s new proposal to cut carbon emissions. But in Wyoming, coal’s culture runs deep. Miners there extract over one million tons of the hard black rock every single day. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.
There’s an invisible network connecting every corner of the United States. Without it, cars wouldn’t start and lights wouldn’t turn on. At 2.6 million miles, if it were stretched out, it would reach around the Earth more than a hundred times. Chances are, you’ve never noticed it. The nation’s sprawling pipeline network is buried underground, out of sight and out of mind. But it wasn’t always the case that pipelines crisscrossed the nation, bringing energy where it was needed.