As coal companies go bankrupt there is growing concern and uncertainty over who will pay to clean up those mines. But Texas has been there before. In 2014, the state's largest coal company filed for bankruptcy with over $1 billion in outstanding cleanup costs. Now, more than two years later, this case is held up an example of what works.
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In Colorado, the race is on to gather enough signatures to get two controversial oil and gas related initiatives onto the ballot by the August 8th deadline. Contributions to groups both for and against these measures have skyrocketed over the past few weeks. Campaigns on the ground are heating up. Continue Reading →
The search is continuing for the source of a gas leak that shut down the school in Midwest, Wyoming at the end of May. An Inside Energy analysis of the state oil and gas database shows there are more than 700 active and abandoned wells in a one mile radius around the Midwest school. Continue Reading →
A North Dakota museum closed a sustainability-themed exhibit after receiving complaints from the oil and coal industries. Continue Reading →
Peabody Energy is one of the largest coal companies in the world and operates mines all over the United States. But some of its senior lenders are now recommending bankruptcy, as the company faces potential defaults on several loans. Continue Reading →
Every day, thousands of oilfield workers are exposed to deadly petroleum gases -- despite the fact that safer technologies exist that could protect them. Inside Energy investigates how federal regulations and financial incentives combine to put workers at risk. Continue Reading →
Continuing low oil prices have left tens of thousands of oil workers out of a job.
Now, a growing number of them are turning to the courts, saying they weren’t paid fairly when times were good. Continue Reading →
In many parts of the West, areas that are now houses and schools and shopping centers were once oil and gas fields. There's little in the way of a visible legacy, but hidden underground, there are hundreds of thousands of abandoned wells. An Inside Energy investigation has discovered that in many communities, new development is happening on top of those old wells. Continue Reading →
The storage well that has leaked massive amounts of methane in southern California was operated at high and potentially unsafe levels in the days leading up to the leak's discovery, according to an inewsource investigation. Continue Reading →
Inside Energy contributor Stephanie Joyce speaks with NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne about what the new moratorium on federal coal leasing means for states like Wyoming. Continue Reading →