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Trump plans to relax leasing rules meant to protect Western bird

OIL AND GAS:
• The Trump administration proposes relaxing restrictions on oil and gas leasing in a large area of the West that is home to the imperiled sage grouse. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A Denver-area suburb votes to extend its moratorium on fracking, citing the need to weigh citizen feedback on proposed drilling regulations. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• Five men who were killed in an Oklahoma rig explosion died of smoke inhalation and burns, according to a report from from the state medical examiner. (Associated Press)
• One oil and gas company wants to leave Colorado and focus on North Dakota, while another is doubling down in rural parts of the state. (The Denver Channel)
• The struggling shipping industry may get a boost from the construction of new crude export facilities in Southeast Texas. (Wall Street Journal)

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WIND: Xcel Energy estimates the construction of a large wind farm in the Texas panhandle will provide more than 300 construction jobs. (KLBK)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Colorado company is working with the city of Boulder to convert diesel buses to run on electricity. (Green Car Congress)
• Austin rushes to regulate electric scooters, which are growing in popularity as an alternative mode of transportation. (Texas Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Volkswagen customers in Arizona will receive up to $1,000 for every vehicle purchased from the company under a $40 million settlement over vehicle emissions cheating. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: A Colorado utility regulator who has been critical of Black Hills Energy has been barred by a judge from having any role in the utility’s rate case. (Pueblo Chieftain)

SOLAR: A solar company’s donation to the re-election campaigns of three New Mexico utility regulators is raising questions following a controversial project vote. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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EFFICIENCY: As Arizona temperatures rise, consumer advocates say it’s time for homeowners to start thinking about energy efficiency. (Public News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• The BLM should move to Utah, where it’s already managing almost half the state, says the policy director of a conservative think tank based in Salt Lake City. (The Hill)
• Since there’s no energy crisis, let’s hold back some of our last, best, wild places from oil and gas development, says the editorial board of the Durango Herald.
•  A proposal by the Trump administration to gut methane waste rules will mean less revenue and more waste for New Mexico, says a state senator. (Las Cruces Sun)

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