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New Mexico lawmakers seek to protect a world heritage site from drilling

OIL AND GAS: Two federal lawmakers from New Mexico have introduced legislation that would establish a 10-mile buffer around a world heritage site in the state threatened by oil and gas development. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A Colorado county invests almost $900,000 from a legal settlement stemming from a defunct federal oil shale research facility. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• Some residents of oil-rich areas of western Colorado say it’s unfair that energy companies can demand property tax refunds due to accounting errors. (Aspen Public Radio)
• A Texas oil and gas industry group files comments with the U.S. Commerce Department opposing pending steel tariffs. (Houston Chronicle)

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WIND:
• The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on a wind farm dispute on tribal land in Oklahoma. (The Oklahoman)
• A struggling family farm in Colorado is thrown a lifeline by a wind project being developed by Xcel Energy. (KUNC)

SOLAR:
• Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico is awarded a $10 million grant to refine concentrated solar technology. (news release)
• A Nevada elementary buys $16,000 worth of laptops through the money it saves using solar energy. (Yale Climate Connections)
• A town in southern Colorado could soon produce enough solar energy to power all of city hall. (The Journal)
• A Colorado co-op’s 1.5 MW community solar project is a finalist for a national award. (Reporter-Herald)

NUCLEAR: Some community leaders in New Mexico are enthusiastic about the economic prospects of nuclear waste storage. (Washington Examiner)

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COAL: Oakland’s unsuccessful attempt to keep Utah coal from being exported from a proposed terminal cost the city more than $3 million in outside legal fees. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• A Nevada senator says that as long as he’s in office, Yucca Mountain is dead. (Las Vegas Sun)
• The deck is stacked against New Mexico residents when it comes to big decisions made by state utility regulators, says a local columnist. (KRWG)
• Legislation recently introduced by two Utah federal lawmakers fails to protect some of the state’s most spectacular canyons from coal mining, says the director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• The Houston Chronicle’s business columnist says blockchain could play an important role in the digitalization of the Texas grid, boosting overall energy efficiency.

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