In the Rockies today, the Denver Post has analyzed reports of spills from oil and gas operations in Colorado since May, and found that 177 such spills have occurred, roughly two a day.
The number of such spills so far this year has already outpaced the entire number for 2013, and the Post's review also found that relaying information about spills from energy companies and the government to the public also lagged.
The Greeley Tribune delves into how an oil train derailment in May underscored the importance of communities in Northern Colorado to be prepared to handle future such events, given the marked increase of shipping oil by rail.
In Alberta, getting oil out of aging oilfields got a financial lift from the province, as Alberta Energy made retroactive changes to its royalty fee structure that will make enhanced oil recovery projects more economically feasible.
The Alberta Utilities Commission is being criticized for its decision not to hold public hearings on Capital Power's proposal to add two natural-gas power plants near Wabamun.
In Utah, at the Public Service Commission's first day of a hearing on Rocky Mountain Power's proposed "net-metering" fee for small solar-power producers elicited expert testimony on behalf of the utility that such power producers provide no substantial benefit or support to the utility.
Also in Utah, Proterra brought its $825,000 electric bus to the Beehive State to try to sell the second-generation model which can recharge in 10 minutes and run a full day on that charge to Utah Transit Authority and Park City Transit officials.