Heather Richards joins the E&E News natural resources team this summer as the fight over the Interior Department’s five-year offshore drilling plan heats up and the White House pushes ahead with its plan to open more public lands for oil and gas leases.
Richards will cover offshore energy — oil, natural gas and wind — and drilling on public lands, as part of a team of 12 reporters based in Washington, D.C.; Colorado; and California, writing about Interior and natural resources for E&E News.
She was most recently the energy reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, where she covered coal, oil, gas and renewables and hosted the "Energy Journal" podcast. She previously covered state education at the paper and was the natural resources and local government reporter for the Buffalo Bulletin.
Richards will not only provide an additional Western energy perspective to E&E News but also add diversity leadership experience. While in Wyoming, she developed a Native American student mentorship program and led a project to explore the diversity of Wyoming women.
Her contact information and most recent stories can be found here.