Inside Energy


Tue November 18, 2014
Energy Traffic

Energy Boom Leaves One Tiny Wyoming Town Stuck In The 'Coal Miner 500'

Highway 59 traffic going through Bill, Wyo.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

The little town of Bill, Wyoming is certainly not a boom town. It this town of 11, there's a school, a post office, a hotel and a general store. What it lacks in population and size, it's making up for in oil and gas traffic. Bill is situated in the middle of a 115-mile stretch of highway that connects two of Wyoming's biggest boom towns: Douglas and Gillette.

The oil and gas boom in states like Wyoming, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas has not only brought jobs and prosperity but also a dangerous spike in traffic and accidents. According to Wyoming's Department of Transportation, accidents on Highway 59, which runs through Bill, nearly doubled between 2010 and 2013.

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Thu November 13, 2014
Energy Economy

How Energy Invested Is Your Retirement? We Looked At One Account To Find Out

A screencap from the T.Rowe Price website, the usual screen any investor would see when they check their retirement account.

Oil prices are slipping to levels not seen in years. That is bad for oil companies, but it has to be good for consumers, right?

The story is more complicated than that. Nearly all of us with retirement accounts – the tens of millions of Americans with IRAs, 401Ks, 403Bs, or pension funds – are actually solidly invested in oil and gas companies.

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Thu October 30, 2014

Wyoming's Campaign And Classroom Balancing Act On Climate Change

Republican campaign signs cover a roadside shack near Alpine, Wyoming.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

As Election Day approaches, candidates are using the issue of climate change science in the classroom to mobilize their bases. This is especially true in Wyoming, because with just over half a million residents, elections are generally decided by just a handful of votes.

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Mon October 13, 2014
Energy U

Energy Boom Squeezes Educator Ranks In Colorado, Wyoming

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland helps one of her smaller seminar classes work through a group project.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Enrollment in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, and at similar programs around the country, has risen dramatically in the last five years in response to the nation's energy boom. Students are flooding into these programs to cash in on high-paying industry jobs.

Conveniently for the students, there are plenty of these jobs to go around. It has not been as convenient though for many educators.

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Thu October 9, 2014

Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:23 pm

There’s a huge, mostly invisible web of pipelines crisscrossing the country that make it possible for our stoves to light and our cars to turn on. Those pipelines run from oil and gas producing regions to refineries and processing plants, crossing miles of private property along the way. The people whose land they cross don’t often benefit, but a new strategy may help.

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