PUBLIC LANDS: President Biden restores about 2 million acres of public land to Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, which were shrunk under former President Trump — putting the land off limits to coal and oil and gas leasing. (New York Times)

Senate Democrats from West Coast states, spurred by Orange County lawmakers, leverage the Huntington Beach oil spill to get a ban on Pacific offshore drilling in their reconciliation bill. (Los Angeles Times, Business Insider)
Sens. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduce a bill to end non-competitive leasing of drilling rights on federal land. (Denver Post) 

Investigators may be months away from determining the cause of the pipeline rupture that led to a massive oil spill off California’s coast, experts say. (Los Angeles Times)
• An Alaska state development agency wants to build a liquefied natural gas facility that would export fuel to Asia, claiming it would help displace coal in Chinese power plants. (Reuters)
A California judge orders Kern County to stop issuing drilling permits until a court review of a controversial oil and gas zoning ordinance is completed. (Bakersfield Californian)
Navy officials waited 10 months to report an oil pipeline leak at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor because they worried it would jeopardize the fate of their underground fuel facility, internal documents show. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

UTILITIES: Colorado regulators kick off a rulemaking revision aimed at reducing natural gas utilities’ greenhouse gas emissions. (S&P Global)

Construction is slated to begin this month on a 260 MW solar plus 260 MW battery storage installation in Buckeye, Arizona. (Daily Independent)
Permitting delays stymie implementation of a Hawaiian Electric program incentivizing residents to add battery storage to existing rooftop solar and export power to the grid. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  
Western nonprofits team up to train an Indigenous solar workforce in an effort to bring electricity to beyond-the-grid reservation homes and build utility-scale arrays on tribal lands. (Reuters)

COAL: Signal Peak Energy agrees to pay $1 million for willfully violating health and safety standards at its Roundup, Montana, underground coal mine. (news release)

TRANSPORTATION: Huntington Beach, California’s city council votes to transition city vehicles to alternative fuels in the wake of the nearby oil spill. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY: The founder of outdoor gear company Patagonia says the U.S. should do away with hydroelectric dams because they are less efficient than wind and solar and reservoirs emit greenhouse gases. (Colorado Sun)

Jonathan hails from southwestern Colorado and has been writing about the land, cultures, and communities of the Western United States for more than two decades. He compiles the Western Energy News digest. He is the author of three books, a contributing editor at High Country News, and the editor of the Land Desk, an e-newsletter that provides coverage and context on issues critical to the West.