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Energy is a broad and confusing topic. In this weekly series, Inside Energy reporters de-mystify the wonkiness that dominates so much of the energy conversation, through answering both our questions from the field and questions sent to us by you!

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Inside the Boom

Emily Guerin came to North Dakota for the same reason as everyone else - to find work related to the huge oil boom transforming the state. This is an occasional series on her experiences living the boom.

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In 2020, when 33% of California's electricity is supposed to come from renewable sources, the net load curve will look like a duck.

The Solar Challenge

Inside Energy reporters Dan Boyce and Jordan Wirfs-Brock examine how solar energy - particularly rooftop solar panels - is changing the way electricity is delivered in the U.S. in this multi-part series: In A Blackout, Your Solar Panels May Be Useless; Utilities Push Back On Rooftop Solar; An Edison V. Westinghouse Rematch.

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Rocky Foy has 11 pipelines on his property near Glendo. A twelfth is currently being constructed by Hiland Partners.

The Pipeline Network

Inside Energy contributor Stephanie Joyce looks at how our nation's pipeline infrastructure is expanding in response to the domestic oil and gas boom.

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Baker Hughes painted a thousand drill bits pink to support breast cancer awareness.

Public Health and Fracking

As communities find themselves in the midst of unprecedented energy development, for people who live near oil and gas wells, are there health risks? Inside Energy met with scientists to learn how oil and gas drilling affects your health and to clarify the confusion: If You Only Read One Story On Public Health And Fracking, Read This One.

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Dark Side of the Boom

Inside Energy delves into workplace fatality numbers for the oil and gas industry and finds some startling trends, especially for North Dakota, in this four-part series: How Dangerous Is Too Dangerous?; What Makes North Dakota Oil And Gas So Dangerous?; Why Is Wyoming Safer?; The Formula For Alaska's Safety Success.

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How A Service Station in a Wyoming Boomtown Learned to Live With(out) the Energy Industry

Verne and Emma Waldner are the longtime owners of Wamsutter’s Conoco Service Station.

Verne Waldner bought the Conoco Service Station in Wamsutter Wyoming back in 1973. There wasn’t much to the town then, and there still isn’t. Wamsutter sits off Interstate 80 and has a current population of just under 500. But Verne says that isolation has made his station an essential outpost for drivers passing through for decades. Continue Reading →

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The Bust: A Difficult Cycle To Break

Oil prices have been in freefall in recent months, dropping by more than half since June. For energy states, that’s bad news. The American West has a long tradition of booms and busts, and in some states, like North Dakota and Wyoming, they continue to be a defining feature of the economy. But do they have to be? Continue Reading →

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Who Owns Oil And Gas?

Here are the companies in a sample T. Rowe Price retirement account that represent more than 0.05% of the account's investments. The size each word is proportional to how much of the account's money is invested in that company. Oil and gas companies (not including utilities) are highlighted in orange.

Oil prices are slipping to levels not seen in years. It’s bad for oil companies, but it has to be good for consumers, right?
Well, yes, though, it’s more complicated than that. That’s because almost all of us with retirement accounts are invested in oil and gas companies. Continue Reading →

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Dark Side Of The Boom: The Formula For Alaska’s Safety Success

The film crew of the Deadliest Catch trains for cold water survival.

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? Continue Reading →

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Wrangling Workplace Fatality Numbers: Data Woes And Wins

This is a schematic of NAICS codes for the mining industry. Oil and gas is highlighted in blue.

Workplace fatality data, specifically the data that goes into calculating workplace fatality rates, is quite possibly the most unruly data Inside Energy has wrangled yet. Not because it’s hard, but because it's nearly impossible to capture the full story of how dangerous the oil and gas industry is at a local level. Here are some of the biggest challenges involved in analyzing workplace fatality data. Continue Reading →

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Dark Side Of The Boom: Why Is Wyoming Safer?

An oil and gas worker pours a defoaming agent into the drill string.

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? Continue Reading →

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