NATURAL GAS: Brooklyn environmentalists say National Grid’s planned gas pipeline through the borough “continues climate denial and environmental racism” despite regulators’ pushback on a proposed rate hike. (Brooklyn Eagle)

ALSO:
• A Pennsylvania county is forming a plan to respond to emergencies involving the natural gas pipelines running through its communities. (Patch)
• Pennsylvania shale gas producers were issued 52% fewer permits this July compared to last year. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES:
• Supporters of a public takeover of Maine utilities launch the process of getting a question on the 2022 ballot for voters to consider. (Bangor Daily News)
• Five ex-National Grid employees charged with accepting bribes to direct work to certain contractors are in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors. (Newsday)

CLIMATE:
• A Massachusetts bill that would price carbon emissions in previously untaxed industries could bring in $1.2 billion annually for the state’s climate programs. (Berkshire Eagle)
• Three coastal Massachusetts towns receive a combined $4 million in state grants to combat climate change-induced flooding. (Patriot Ledger)
Rising floodwaters exacerbated by climate change threaten a historic Black graveyard in Annapolis, Maryland. (E&E News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• In its final environmental review of the South Fork offshore wind project, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management considers reducing the number of planned turbine locations to protect fishery habitats. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• As the offshore wind leasing auction for sections off the New York coast approaches, the local fishing industry asks the federal government to consider their concerns over the turbines’ impacts on the industry. (Standard-Times)
New Hampshire renewables advocates launch a petition and rally to ask Gov. Chris Sununu to mandate utilities buy into offshore wind projects. (NHPR)

SOLAR:  A 4.5 MW community solar project on a New Jersey brownfield is close to completion, its developer says. (PV Magazine)

FINANCE: A Hoboken, New Jersey, council member introduces a resolution asking the state to remove fossil fuel investments from its pension plan. (Jersey Journal) 

TRANSPORTATION: Portland, Maine, chooses a Michigan-based company to plan and launch a bike share program in the city by June 2022. (Portland Press Herald)

BUILDINGS: After sitting vacant for decades, a brutalist office building in New Haven, Connecticut, is being remodeled into a net-zero hotel. (Fast Company)

OVERSIGHT: Massachusetts regulators fine a trucking company for spilling 10,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel in April 2020. (Eagle Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• New York should reject arguments that only fossil fuels are reliable and instead work on building a robust suite of distributed renewable resources, a solar advocate writes. (Energy News Network)
• A Maine city councilor calls on federal leaders to follow the lead of her city’s climate action plan and invest in electric vehicles and charging networks. (Bangor Daily News)