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How to best preserve American jobs, protect the environment and reduce the country's dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels is the subject of two views — one from U.S. Senator John Barrasso and the other from David Wendt, president of The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.

One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Fracking

Meeks used to have abundant water on his small alfalfa ranch, a 40-acre plot speckled with apple and plum trees northeast of the Wind River Mountains and about five miles outside the town of Pavillion. For 35 years he drew it clear and sweet from a well just steps from the front door of the plain, eight-room ranch house that he owns with his wife, Donna. Neighbors would stop off the rural dirt road on their way to or from work in the gas fields to fill plastic jugs; the water was better than at their own homes. But in the spring of 2005, Meeks' water had turned fetid. His tap ran cloudy, and the water shimmered with rainbow swirls across a filmy top. The scent was sharp, like gasoline. And after 20 minutes — scarcely longer than you'd need to fill a bathtub — the pipes shuttered and popped and ran dry.

Fuel Factories: Communities at Risk

CASPER — Wyoming Refining Co.’s oil refinery is situated literally on Main Street in Newcastle and a mere half-mile away from Newcastle High School. The school is equipped with a “panic button” that shuts off all ventilation in the building …

Fish & Wildlife nominee could face tough questions over wolves, other species

Dan Ashe's road to becoming director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may hit speedbumps from northern Rockies senators, who likely will pose tough questions over plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves and other species. Ashe, a 15-year agency employee who served as science adviser from 2003 to 2009 before becoming deputy director, was picked in December to succeed the late Sam Hamilton as director of the agency with a $2.5 billion annual budget that manages fish, wildlife and their habitats.