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New Mexico’s land commissioner sues state engineer over drillers’ water permits

OIL AND GAS: New Mexico’s land commissioner is suing the state engineer, claiming he’s allowed too much water to be used for oil and gas drilling under temporary permits. (Albuquerque Journal)

ALSO:
• The BLM has agreed to pay a Texas oil and gas company $1.5 million as part of a settlement stemming from the agency’s cancellation of 18 leases in western Colorado. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• BLM completes the final environmental analysis of a massive natural gas projecting being planned in Wyoming. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Environmentalists say they plan to appeal a judge’s decision to toss a lawsuit challenging drilling near a sacred tribal area in New Mexico. (Farmington Daily Times)

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CLIMATE: California’s governor says his state isn’t waiting on President Trump or any other “climate deniers” to take action. (CBS News)

POLITICS: Both supporters and critics of a Nevada energy choice initiative warn: Don’t let Nevada become California. (Nevada Independent)

PIPELINES:
• Two Montana tribes question whether the Keystone XL pipeline project will infringe upon their water treaty rights. (Billings Gazette)
• The Army Corps of Engineers has released the final environmental impact statement for a $10 billion Alaskan pipeline project, the state’s “back up” plan to pull gas off the North Slope should an even bigger pipeline project stall. (Anchorage Daily News)

POLLUTION: Landowners question why waste from the Bakken oil field is being disposed in Montana and not in North Dakota. (Missoula Current)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla uses tax credits from Nevada casinos to boost its bottom line. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES: The state of Alaska wants two Fairbanks utilities to share $1 million in savings from recent federal tax cuts with its customers. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

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WIND: A small Wyoming community prepares for a flood of workers as a result of a massive wind and transmission line projects under development. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A Colorado city’s proposal to increase drilling setback requirements is reasonable and in the community’s best interest, says the editorial board of the Coloradoan.
• Rick Perry and Donald Trump are more concerned with creating the illusion of saving the iconic American coal miner than they are diversifying the grid and enhancing resilience and reliability, says a contributing editor to High Country News.
• Small modular reactors like the kind being developed by a Western utility group won’t save the nuclear industry, says a physicist and author. (The Hill)

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