For weeks now, workers have been sifting through hundreds of thousands of signatures to approve measures for the November ballot. They’re down to approving the last two: a set of highly controversial initiatives that together would restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office walks Inside Energy through the tedious process of counting and verifying hundreds of thousands of signatures.
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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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For the poorest amongst us, paying every bill can be a struggle, including the power bill. Solar power hasn’t really been a go-to option for those at the bottom, but that’s starting to change. Continue Reading →
The coal industry's hurting from West Virginia to Wyoming. But there's a holdout on the Northern Plains, where coal's alive and well. North Dakota burns lignite, a different type of coal than the rest of the country. But even the industry there feels mounting pressure. Continue Reading →
Glance at a satellite image of northeast Wyoming, and you can’t miss the coal mines. Even zoomed out, the square-cornered grey blotches stand out—stretching north to south over more than 70 miles. But if all goes according to plan, someday, when the mining is done, those scars will disappear, erased from the landscape by intensive reclamation efforts. Coal companies are on the hook for that cleanup, but the industry’s recent collapse has raised questions about whether they will actually be able to meet those obligations. Continue Reading →
The fight for signatures is over, but if oil and gas measures make the ballot this November, the spending frenzy is just beginning. These graphics break down the flows of money on both sides of the oil and gas issues. Continue Reading →
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 →
Frank Thompson was one of almost 500 miners laid off in Wyoming in a single day earlier this year. Now, he's trying to figure out life after mining—how to provide for his son, and how to bounce back. Continue Reading →
Peabody Energy has reached a deal with regulators in several states over its outstanding cleanup obligations. Continue Reading →
Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told the Republican National Convention that Trump will make America energy independent. Continue Reading →