Inside Energy

8:36am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

In Colorado's Close Senate Race, Ad Funders Pay To Win, Not Push Policy

Udall - U.S. Senate | Gardner - U.S. House

Energy is a key political issue in the state of Colorado, although the campaign ads overwhelming the airwaves right now often gloss over the topic – even if energy interests are behind the ads.

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4:30am

Thu September 18, 2014
Energy

North Dakota Tops Oil And Gas States In Fatalities

A rig worker in Williston, North Dakota, pictured in June 2011.
Lindsey G Flickr - Creative Commons

North Dakota is the most dangerous state in the country for oil and gas workers. In 2011-2012, there were 75 deaths per 100,000 workers. In the next closest state, West Virginia, there were 37.5 per 100,000 workers. Colorado was lower with 14.2 per 100,000 and Wyoming is a third of the national average with 8.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.

To understand why the oil and gas industry here is so dangerous, you can go to the heart of the boom: Williston, North Dakota.

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6:45am

Tue September 16, 2014
Energy

What's The Regulatory Threshold For Oil Industry Fatalities?

Smoke from the 1968 explosion at the Consol No. 9 Mine in Farmington, WV.
Centers For Disease Control

As the oil and gas industry has grown to employ over half a million oil and gas workers nationwide, the number of fatalities has grown as well. In 2013, 112 oil and gas workers died on the job; the year before, 142. Nationwide, oil and gas workers are still six times more likely to be killed on the job than the average American.

Texas had the most fatalities overall in 2011 and 2012 – 106 – but, according to a new analysis by Inside Energy, North Dakota had the highest fatal injury rate in the country, 75 deaths per 100,000 workers. That's three times higher than the national rate for oil and gas fatalities.

Which raises a question, how bad does it have to get before regulators and elected officials step in and do something?

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7:00am

Wed September 10, 2014
Wind Power

Wyoming Has The Wind, But Powerlines Hinder Development

High Plains Wind Farm near McFadden, Wyoming on a breezy summer day.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

Wyoming wind is indeed legendary. The University of Wyoming's Wind Energy Research Center claims the state has the best land-based class 6 and 7 wind sites, a categorization based on wind speed and power generation. But according to the American Wind Energy Association, Wyoming ranks just 14th in installed wind capacity.

The proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project could change that. In August, Wyoming issued the last necessary state permit, and if the wind farm gets federal approval, it will be the biggest in the country with 1,000 turbines that could generate up to 3,000 megawatts of energy.

For now this is all hypothetical, because the transmission capabilities that the Chokecherry project requires just don't exist.

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5:00am

Thu September 4, 2014
Energy

The Crux Of Determining Fracking's Safety

Green MEPs and anti-fracking activitists pose with fracking flavoured water outside the European Parliament.
Greensefa Flickr - Creative Commons

For people who live in close proximity to the current oil and gas boom, are there health risks?

It’s a question people are asking from Colorado to Texas and from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, as more and more communities find themselves in the midst of unprecedented energy development.

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