LITHIUM: A federal court rejects conservationists’ and tribes’ bid to block construction of the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada. (Associated Press)

Environmentalists are uninterested in a Biden administration proposal to approve the controversial Willow oil and gas project in Alaska while banning drilling in other parts of the state, according to inside sources. (Washington Post)
Shipping companies accused of causing a 2021 oil spill off southern California’s coast agree to pay $97 million to settle a lawsuit with the pipeline operator. (Associated Press)
Environmental advocates applaud and industry pans the U.S. EPA’s proposal to empower citizens to police oil and gas facilities for leaks. (E&E News)
ExxonMobil acknowledges it violated New Mexico rules in February by failing to report a 529,000 cubic foot methane leak at one of its Permian Basin facilities. (Bloomberg)
New Mexico environmentalists push back against a proposal to offer tax credits to oil and gas companies for installing emission-reducing units on stripper wells, saying industry shouldn’t be paid to comply with rules. (KRQE)
• Conservation groups call on the Biden administration to finalize oil and gas leasing reforms before this spring’s lease sales. (Wyoming Public Radio)

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NUCLEAR: A startup pulls its plans to build a small nuclear power plant demonstration project in Washington, saying the effort was moving too slowly. (Seattle Times)

A ceiling collapses at a violation-plagued underground coal mine in Montana, injuring three workers. (Associated Press)
A conservation group calls out Colorado for relying on coal-fired generation for 37% of its power, nearly twice the national average. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: Attorneys for victims of the Labor Day 2020 fires in Oregon say text messages between PacifiCorp employees show the utility knew early on it likely played a role in sparking the blazes. (OPB)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Portland, Oregon’s city council votes to allow electric vehicle charger construction in public rights of way in an effort to increase EV access to renters and multi-family dwelling residents. (OPB)

New Mexico lawmakers advance a bill that would require utilities to provide virtual net-metering compensation to low-income customers with shared solar. (NM Political Report)
• The federal Bureau of Land Management says it will not change its desert renewable energy plan as part of its proposal to expand solar development in Western states. (news release)
An Oregon rancher partners with a developer on a proposal to combine a large-scale solar project with cattle ranching on the same land. (Blue Mountain Eagle)

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WIND: Washington state lawmakers advance a bill that would require wind turbine lights be turned off when no aircraft are nearby. (The Chronicle)

BIOFUELS: A California man pleads guilty to defrauding investors with a manure-to-methane biofuel scam aimed at collecting federal green energy tax credits. (ABC10)

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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.