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Tribal Consultation At Heart Of Pipeline Fight

People continue to camp in tepees and tents along the Cannonball River in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The oil pipeline is slated to cross through Army Corps of Engineers land about a mile from this camp.

Consultation, the formal process of communication between tribes and the federal government, has become a central issue in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. But this is not the first time tribes have sued over consultation violations. These lawsuits are becoming more and more common thanks, in part, to actions taken by the Obama Administration. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming Considers Raising Nation’s Only Wind Tax

Viridis Eolia, a Venezuelan company, is looking to develop a $3.2 billion wind farm in the Shirley Basin of Wyoming.

Legislators see the increase as a way to raise revenues in the face of a massive budget shortfall due to a drop in coal, oil and gas production. But wind developers say it’s a dangerous gamble for a state that has some of the best wind power potential in the nation. Continue Reading →

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Oil And Gas Not All In For Trump

Donald Trump at a campaign stop at the Oklahoma State Fair in September 2015.

One thing we can say about this year’s presidential election, it’s not following the rules of the game. Take the oil and gas industry for example. Although Donald Trump is the keynote speaker at Pennsylvania’s annual Shale Insight conference this week, industry executives and employees have not been opening their wallets to the Republican nominee. Continue Reading →

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Fight Feels Familiar For Tribes At Pipeline Protest

Quiltman Sahme, left, and son Tiwani sit outside their tent along the border of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota where they're protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They're from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, which is trying to prevent Nestle from bottling water from a nearby stream.

Fights past and present over environmental issues have compelled Native Americans from tribes across the country to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in its battle to defeat the Dakota Access oil pipeline. This gathering of nations, meanwhile, could mark a turning point for tribes as they seek greater say in what happens to their land. Continue Reading →

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Many Reasons, One Cause In Pipeline Protest

Protesters gathered at the Four Winds American Indian Council in Denver on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline continues to grow beyond its North Dakota roots, with solidarity protests Tuesday in dozens of cities across the country and the world. People are protesting for many different reasons but with one goal—stopping the pipeline. Continue Reading →

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Tribes Win One Fight, Lose Another In Pipeline Protest

People raise their fists in the air in solidarity as a group of canoes arrives in a protest camp that sprang up to demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The canoe flotilla had representatives of tribes from the across the Pacific Northwest and navigated the Missouri River from Bismarck to Cannon Ball to show their support.

News that construction must stop on part of a controversial oil pipeline is drawing a mixed reaction from the people protesting it. That’s because even though a judge says work on the project can continue, the Obama administration surprised everyone when it announced it would block construction. Now, the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline is ramping up as it spreads from North Dakota to the nation’s capital. Continue Reading →

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A Battle Over Bringing Local Renewables To Rural Electric Co-ops

The intake for a micro-hydro plant on the South Canal, outside Montrose, Colorado. The Delta Montrose Electric Association has developed such plants on the canal in partnership with local water users, who benefit from the revenue the plants generate.

A rural electric co-op in western Colorado has started a high-stakes legal battle over putting more local renewable energy on its grid. The battled has pitted renewable energy advocates against traditional wholesale power providers, and it’s a fight that could help define the future of electricity generation in rural communities nationwide. Continue Reading →

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After Colorado Oil & Gas Initiatives Fail, What’s Next?

A pump jack sits in front of a house in northern Colorado. An drilling rig sits behind it.

Colorado voters likely won’t be able to weigh in on the future of oil and gas development this November, but that doesn’t mean the issues themselves are dead. Environmentalists and industry are preparing for the fight to continue on the ground. Continue Reading →

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University of Wyoming’s Utility Bill Climbs As Budget Falls

University of Wyoming deputy director of utilities Forrest Selmer explains how the various systems at the Central Energy Plant work.

In fiscal year 2016, the University of Wyoming’s utility bill was $10.8 million—almost $2 million more than fiscal year 2015. Next year, as new buildings under construction come online, that bill is likely to increase, even as the University faces $41 million in budget cuts. That means there may be hard choices ahead—keep the lights on, or keep people employed. Continue Reading →

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