OIL & GAS: The federal Bureau of Land Management proposes withdrawing 1.6 million acres of land in western Colorado from future oil and gas leasing as part of an effort to resolve environmentalists’ legal challenges. (E&E News)

ALSO:
California’s Supreme Court blocks a county from enforcing a voter-approved oil and gas drilling ban, saying that authority lies with the state. (Associated Press)
The federal Bureau of Land Management orders an oil company to plug and reclaim 11 dormant wells inside the Carrizo Plain National Monument in California. (news release)
Colorado residents fight a proposal to drill 170 oil and gas wells on open space adjacent to a suburban Denver neighborhood. (Denver7)
A southern California utility proposes storing more natural gas at Aliso Canyon — the site of a massive 2015 methane leak — even as activists and residents call for the site’s closure. (Los Angeles Times)

BIOFUELS: A court orders a northern California county to redo flawed portions of its reviews of proposals to convert petroleum refineries to biofuel production facilities. (Bay City News Service)

UTILITIES:
An Arizona utility bill assistance program for low-income residents runs out of money earlier than expected amid increasing demand. (12 News)
Public Service Company of New Mexico plans to spend $500,000 to help low- and moderate-income customers cover escalating summer power bills. (Albuquerque Journal)

COAL: BNSF railway sues federal regulators over their order to ship more coal from Navajo Transitional Energy Co.’s Powder River Basin mines. (Freight Waves)

GRID:
The Audubon Society highlights the SunZia project in New Mexico as a model for siting and operating clean energy-carrying transmission in a way that mitigates environmental impacts. (NM Political Report)
Intense thunderstorms topple trees and utility lines in southwestern Colorado, leaving 10,000 customers without power. (Durango Herald)

SOLAR: A proposed 155 MW solar-plus-storage project on private land in southwestern Colorado stalls after some residents raise concerns about impacts to water supplies and wildlife. (Durango Herald)

LITHIUM: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on a lithium mining company’s proposed exploratory drilling project near Moab, Utah. (KUER)

PUBLIC LANDS: A poll finds Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a proposed national monument near the Grand Canyon that would ban new uranium mining. (The Hill)

POLLUTION: A Washington state advocacy group urges utility executives to defy an industry group and support the U.S. EPA’s proposed emission standards for power plants. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CARBON CAPTURE:
Calpine proposes a $1 billion carbon capture and storage project on a natural gas-fired power plant in northern California. (Sacramento Bee)
A California startup partners with Walmart to experiment with garments made from captured carbon emissions. (Manufacturing Dive)

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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.