TREASURE HUNT: The first U.S. nationwide geological survey in a generation could reveal badly needed supplies of critical minerals

Yaoguo Li, a geophysicist at the Colorado School of Mines, is developing a Department of Energy (DOE) grant proposal to prospect for hydrogen source rocks with the USGS data. “We have not done anything yet,” he says. “But I can see there’s so much we ....
June 1, 2023

At long last, the glorious future we were promised in space is on the way

"We knew these were the right ideas decades ago," said George Sowers, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. "It is gratifying to see folks coming around."
May 25, 2023

EV manufacturers look ahead amid high lithium demand

Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy, discusses how EV manufacturers are dealing with increased competition to secure lithium used to produce batteries.
May 23, 2023

Chevron’s $7.6B purchase of PDC Energy creates the biggest oil and gas company in Colorado

“This seems like a testament to the idea that the DJ can be a core U.S. position even for a company as large as CVX,” Brad Handler, a researcher at the Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute for Public Policy, said in an email, referring to ....
May 23, 2023

Feds allot $33 million to study carbon capture and storage in Pueblo region

Pueblo is an ideal location for carbon capture and storage because of the area's industrial activity and subterranean rock formations, Manika Prasad, a professor of geophysics at Colorado School of Mines, told the Chieftain.
May 22, 2023

Gold mine misidentified as lithium mine, erroneously compared to oil well | Fact check

However, lithium has been found in other hard rock mines in the region, said Steve Enders, the mining engineering department head at the Colorado School of Mines.
May 19, 2023

When it comes to Colorado in the summer, 'geology is life'

Of all places in Colorado, those unexpected marvels are a few favorites of Matt Morgan, the state geologist with Colorado Geological Survey. Take it as a tip: Don’t let your gaze get stuck on the high peaks and deep canyons to the west, however ....
May 19, 2023

Colorado gets $32 million to create carbon-stuffing hub underground at Pueblo

The hub will be located in the Pueblo area, where massive carbon emissions from two power plants and cement kiln, among other major carbon producers, may need to be stuffed underground to meet state and U.S. climate change targets.
May 18, 2023

Opinion: Colorado is writing the national blueprint on ozone control

Morgan Bazilian, Simon Lomax and Greg Clough of the Payne Institute for Public Policy authored this opinion piece on what others can learn from Colorado's rules for regulating methane and other oil and gas emissions.
May 17, 2023

In one lake deep under Antarctica’s ice, microbes feast on ancient carbon

These less-than-ideal conditions should make them hostile to life. “If I were a microbe, I wouldn’t want to live in the cold, dark depths where I haven’t seen the sun or a new nutrient in thousands of years,” says Ryan Venturelli, a paleoglaciologist ....
May 12, 2023

Biden is scrambling for minerals. This U.S. cobalt mine just closed.

Ian Lange, director of the mineral and energy economics program at the Colorado School of Mines, said nothing in U.S. federal policy is geared toward smoothing market fluctuations or encouraging long-term offtake agreements between miners and ....
May 12, 2023

What scientists discovered after simulating an earthquake on a 10-story wood building

Global interest in mass timber construction -- which involves thick, compressed layers of wood, bonded together, creating structural load-bearing elements -- has skyrocketed in the last several years, after the International Building Code announced ....
May 10, 2023