OIL & GAS: A New Mexico court rejects an industry request to toss out an environmentalists’ lawsuit accusing the state of failing to meet its constitutional obligation to protect citizens from oil and gas pollution. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Environmentalists sue to block federal Bureau of Land Management oil and gas drilling permit approvals in and around an eastern Colorado national grassland, saying the agency didn’t adequately consider impacts. (news release)

CLIMATE:

GRID: Amazon scraps a plan to power its eastern Oregon data centers with natural gas-powered fuel cells after advocates protest its reliance on methane. (Oregonian)

NUCLEAR: Bill Gates attends his company’s liquid sodium testing facility groundbreaking ceremony at the site of an advanced nuclear reactor planned for a Wyoming coal community. (WyoFile)

OVERSIGHT: Arizona advocates push back on a company’s bid to exempt its proposed 200 MW natural gas plant expansion from environmental review, saying it would undermine regulators’ oversight. (KJZZ)

UTILITIES: San Diego’s city council votes to reject a bid that would allow voters to decide whether to replace SDG&E with a municipal utility. (KUSI)

SOLAR:

SYNTHETIC FUELS: A Nevada startup working to convert solid landfill waste into synthetic petroleum lays off most of its staff and shutters its Reno facility following permitting and operational setbacks. (Chemical & Engineering News)

HYDROGEN: An Oregon startup says it has successfully produced green hydrogen using power from a wind turbine mounted on a ship. (Power)

COAL: Utah energy experts predict lawmakers’ push to block federal regulations and keep coal plants running may hamper energy innovation and ultimately lead to more expensive, dirtier and less reliable power generation. (Utah News Dispatch)

MINING: Nevada environmental and Indigenous advocates slam the federal Bureau of Land Management’s review of the proposed Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron mine, saying it imperils endangered species and fails to include a groundwater mitigation plan. (Nevada Current)

METHANE: Washington state implements rules aimed at reducing solid waste landfills’ methane emissions by requiring them to monitor and repair leaks and install equipment to capture the potent greenhouse gas. (Washington State Standard)

COMMENTARY: An Indigenous advocate calls on the federal Bureau of Land Management to avoid perpetuating energy injustice by engaging with tribal nations as it develops its new Western solar plan. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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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.