Business: Denver's Mile-High Energy Boom

Drilling and digging make it the Big D of the West

In the fast-changing, opportunity-laden 1980s, the energy shortage will bring an economic surge to resource-rich regions. No place has the pace of exploration and the intensity of development to match the Rocky Mountain region that embraces Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. Locked in the area's majestic peaks and prairies are the nation's most lavish supplies of undeveloped coal, oil, natural gas, shale oil, uranium and almost everything else that creates power.

The hub is Denver, a city caught up in a runaway boom caused...

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