OIL & GAS: A peer-reviewed study finds oil and gas development in the Permian Basin is deforming the landscape and contributing to an increase in geological hazards. (NM Political Report)

A think tank’s report accuses federal regulators of failing to hold Peabody’s Black Mesa coal mines accountable for depleting a critical aquifer on the Navajo Nation. (Arizona Republic)
California researchers use artificial intelligence to track coal dust emissions from trains traveling through the Bay Area. (Undark)
The Jicarilla Apache Nation returns water it once leased to a now-shuttered coal plant in northwestern New Mexico to the San Juan River to benefit endangered native fish. (SF Reporter)

Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming looks to channel Inflation Reduction Act funds to clean energy projects in his state even though he voted against the bill, calling it a “reckless green spending spree.” (Inside Climate News)   
California’s solar industry and environmentalists spar with labor unions over rules governing the slew of new clean energy jobs. (Politico)
The U.S. EPA awards an Oregon university $650,000 to study clean energy storage development’s impacts on underserved and tribal communities. (Oregon Business)
• A community solar developer donates $6 million to a Navajo Nation college to train students to work in the clean energy industry. (news release) 

Construction is completed on Alaska’s largest solar power facility, an 8.5 MW installation near Anchorage. (KTUU)
A California university installs solar panels on student housing as part of an effort to become carbon neutral by 2035. (news release)

GRID: The U.S. Energy Department awards Washington state $23 million to harden the power grid against extreme weather and wildfires. (Washington State Standard)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado launches a program allowing residents to exchange used gasoline or diesel fueled cars for rebates on electric vehicle purchases. (Colorado Sun)

NUCLEAR: A U.S. appeals court finds federal regulators lack the authority to license private parties to store spent nuclear fuel away from the reactor, dealing a blow to proposed interim depositories in the Permian Basin. (Utility Dive)

HYDROGEN: Colorado researchers say they have developed an efficient and economical method of using solar energy to derive hydrogen from water. (Daily Camera)

BIOFUELS: Utah researchers harness a cocktail of bacteria to more efficiently convert cow waste to pipeline-grade methane fuel. (KUER)

Architectural Digest chooses Denver as the nation’s most climate-resilient city, citing relatively few extreme weather threats and clean energy-friendly policies – but the analysis did not consider water availability. (Architectural Digest)
Colorado researchers attribute increasing natural disaster-related damages to climate change and population growth. (KDVR) 

COMMENTARY: Colorado petroleum engineers urge regulators to slow down and collaborate with industry to craft realistic oil and gas facility methane-emissions rules. (Colorado Sun)

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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.