OIL & GAS: A federal appeals court rejects environmentalists’ challenge of a proposed Wyoming oil and gas field, clearing the way for a company to drill up to 3,500 wells in sage grouse habitat and a pronghorn migration path. (WyoFile)

Private equity investors buy up oil and gas companies operating on federal lands in the West, raising advocates’ concerns of increasing bankruptcies and abandoned and orphaned wells. (High Country News)  
A government watchdog finds the federal Bureau of Land Management is failing to fully track and monitor oil and gas wells at risk of becoming orphaned or abandoned. (E&E News, subscription)
New Mexico advocates urge Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to ban oil and gas drilling within one mile of schools. (news release)
Wyoming advocates push back against a 17-mile natural gas pipeline being constructed through sage grouse habitat. (Wyoming Public Radio)
California’s energy commission votes to delay shuttering three natural gas power plants in the southern part of the state so they can be used during emergencies. (Associated Press)

A United Nations climate expert and the clothing company Patagonia seek to join environmentalists’ legal challenge of the Willow drilling project in Alaska. (Alaska Public Media)
Experts say climate change has exacerbated conditions contributing to Hawaii wildfires that have killed 36 people and destroyed hundreds of structures so far. (Associated Press)
Attorneys general from five Western states urge the U.S. EPA to implement its proposed rule regulating power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions.
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Environmental and Indigenous advocates gear up to fight a potential uranium mining resurgence in Western states. (Bloomberg, subscription)
The U.S. Energy Department awards $2 million to Idaho researchers to study consent-based siting for interim spent nuclear fuel storage. (news release)  
The developers of a proposed advanced nuclear reactor in Wyoming partner with an Ohio company to develop highly enriched uranium fuel for the facility. (Wyoming Public Radio)

An Alaska tribe, city and school district partner on a 50 kW solar array aimed at reducing reliance on diesel generation. (KUAC)
 California Gov. Gavin Newsom praises Six Flags’ plan to power an amusement park with on-site solar. (Los Angeles Magazine)

A program to bring electricity to rural Navajo Nation communities has connected 159 homes to the grid this year, according to tribal officials. (KUNM)
Heavy winds fan wildfires and topple utility lines in Hawaii, leaving more than 12,000 customers without power. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: San Diego’s port breaks ground on a microgrid and charging station for an all-electric tugboat. (WorkBoat)

DIVESTMENT: A northern California county votes to support state legislation that would divest public employee retirement funds from fossil fuel interests. (Times-Standard)

HYDROGEN: California Gov. Gavin Newsom orders state agencies to develop a strategy for establishing a strategy for “building a robust hydrogen market. (news release)

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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.