OIL & GAS: A federal judge deals a defeat to environmental and Indigenous groups by upholding the Biden administration’s approval of the Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska and ruling ConocoPhillips has the right to develop its leases. (Associated Press)

ALSO: U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, an Alaska Democrat, co-sponsors a bill that would restore oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (E&E News)

CARBON CAPTURE: The nation’s first direct air carbon capture facility begins operations in Tracy, California. (New York Times)



URANIUM: U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, introduces legislation that would block a new national monument near the Grand Canyon and lift a ban on future uranium mining. (AZ Mirror)


NATURAL GAS: A worker ruptures a natural gas pipeline in Washington state, leaving more than 36,000 customers without the heating and cooking fuel for up to several days. (Lewiston Tribune)

UTILITIES: Advocates call on Montana regulators to revisit their NorthWestern Energy rate hike approval, saying it disproportionately burdens low-income customers. (Billings Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY: A report finds Xcel Energy’s proposed natural gas peaker plant would cost the utility’s Colorado customers more in the long-term than a portfolio of clean energy resources. (news release) 

COAL: BNSF Railway and Navajo Transitional Energy Co. agree to settle a dispute over how much coal the carrier hauls from the company’s Powder River Basin mines. (Trains)

BIOFUELS: A California city considers generating electricity from landfill methane to power an on-site data center. (Superior Telegram) 

HYDROGEN: Developers propose a $1 billion hydrogen production facility near Phoenix, Arizona. (BEX)

COMMENTARY: A California journalist lauds the Biden administration’s advancement of 15 clean energy projects on federal lands, but worries permitting delays will keep them from coming to fruition soon enough. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.