OIL & GAS: The federal Bureau of Land Management settles state and conservationist legal challenges by agreeing to halt oil and gas leasing on 1.2 million acres in Central California until it reviews potential impacts of development. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
Conservationists decry the omission of an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil and gas drilling ban in Senate Democrats’ proposed reconciliation package. (E&E News, subscription)    
Alaska oil and gas industry officials say strong global demand could make a $39 billion liquefied natural gas export project economically feasible, but some analysts remain skeptical. (Alaska Public Media)
A company proposes building a hydraulic fracturing-sand quarry just outside Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)

GEOTHERMAL: A federal court rejects conservationists’ bid to block a proposed geothermal plant in Nevada, but the developer agrees to suspend construction until federal officials can analyze impacts to an endangered toad. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• A New Mexico municipal utility has not finalized plans to replace power it will lose this year when the San Juan coal power plant is shut down, saying it still hopes to keep the facility running. (NM Political Report)
• An energy economics think tank finds equipping New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture would cut the facility’s carbon emissions by far less than the 95% claimed by developers. (news release)

SOLAR: Developers of a planned 200 MW solar-plus-storage facility in California say they have secured a purchase agreement for all of the project’s output. (Renewables Now) 

UTILITIES: Washington state’s attorney general opposes two utilities’ proposed rate hikes, saying the companies are overestimating their costs and seeking too high profit margins. (KING 5)

TRANSPORTATION: Some Colorado transportation agencies, citing driver shortages, decline to take part in a state funded program offering free public transit in August to increase ridership and reduce pollution. (Colorado Sun) 

NUCLEAR: Spent nuclear fuel and other waste from a decommissioned nuclear power plant in southern California would be shipped to a controversial depository proposed for New Mexico — if it gets built. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

CLIMATE:
National business groups launch an ad campaign urging Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, to block or force changes to a proposed $369 billion congressional climate bill. (Axios)
Colorado environmental advocates grow frustrated with what they call Gov. Jared Polis’ slow pace in addressing the climate crisis. (5280)   

COMMENTARY: A California emergency room doctor urges the state to adopt strong zero-emissions car and truck standards to reduce pollution-related illness and deaths in disadvantaged communities. (Energy News Network) 

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Jonathan P. Thompson

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.