Haaland, with a key vote in her column, appears headed for confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.
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Michael Patrick F. Smith: What working in the oil industry taught me

What my time working on a North Dakota oil patch taught me about America’s fossil fuel addiction — and how to curb it.

Seeking ways to protect drinking water from fossil fuel pollution in northern Great Plains

North Dakota's water supplies are at risk from contaminants from fracking wastewater, but residents are fighting back.


COVID-19 has been smoldering in rural America for months. Here’s why we missed it

A dangerous combination of limited resources, stigma, and politics made the coronavirus difficult to track in rural areas, allowing its spread to go largely unnoticed all summer.

Documents detail TigerSwan infiltration of Standing Rock

North Dakota’s private security regulator said a trove of company documents showed TigerSwan’s denials were “willfully false and misleading.”

The oil industry actually hasn’t done that well under Trump

Energy executives say the White House has set up a system where only a relative handful of favorite energy executives have access to people who can shape policy.

Pipeline billionaire that operates area natural gas assets follows playbook, stepping down but staying

Kelcy Warren, the Dallas billionaire known for controversial pipelines, is stepping down as chief executive officer of Energy Transfer. But if the move is anything like those of fellow moguls in the industry, he isn't going far.


“False hope" or four more years? Ohio Valley stakeholders reflect on Trump energy policy

Donald Trump highlighted coal miners in his 2016 victory as he promised to bring coal back. Four years later, mining jobs are at a historic low.

Rigging up: North Dakota program to plug 400 abandoned oil field wells kicks off

Hundreds of oil workers are back on the job in North Dakota this month under a new program funded by coronavirus stimulus dollars.

Hope outlasts prosperity in town flattened by oil bust

Since March, oil companies have shut in 7,500 wells across North Dakota and all but ceased new drilling. The crash is rippling across once-boom towns where residents can no longer depend on industry jobs, government services or health insurance.


Oil and gas in flux: After a series of stunning defeats, what's next for the industry?

Environmental, economic and political forces have converged, threatening to finally upend fossil fuel dominance.

Fracking firms fail, rewarding executives and raising climate fears

Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup cost left to taxpayers.

Major oil and gas pipeline projects, backed by Trump, flounder as opponents prevail in court

A federal judge said federal officials failed to do a complete analysis of pipeline's environmental impacts. The decision marks the second setback for President Trump's infrastructure push in just two days.

‘We’ve got it everywhere’: Dicamba damaging trees across Midwest and South

Forest health experts said trees are being damaged from Indiana to Kansas, from North Dakota to Arkansas.


Hunting for game wardens: A shortage of conservation officers

States are facing significant shortages of conservation officers, who help protect natural resources and wildlife. COVID-19 could make it worse.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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