This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

ProPublica’s fracking page: The best ongoing coverage of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, incorporating a full range of politics and policy, business and industry, and science and technology angles.

• The Charleston Gazette’s Coal Tattoo blog: Veteran reporter Ken Ward, Jr. delivers penetrating coverage of the coal industry in Appalachia and beyond, scrutinizing mine safety, mountaintop removal, human health impacts, pollution, and more.

• InsideClimate News’s tar sands page: Hard-hitting investigative coverage of the Canadian tar sands industry and its relation to the US energy economy, from the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, to oil spills, to climate-change consequences.

Scientific American’s fossil fuels page: Breaking news and enterprise coverage of the science and technology surrounding oil, gas, and coal development, with a focus on its consequences for the environment and human health.

• The Council on Foreign Relations’ Energy, Security, and Climate blog: Senior Fellow Michael A. Levi examines the science and policy connections between fossil fuels, clean tech, climate change, energy independence, and nuclear security.

The Oil Drum: Detailed discussions about the “energy and our future,” with a focus on growth, development, and peak oil concerns.

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.