OIL & GAS: Vermont sues several fossil fuel companies, including Shell and Citgo, for allegedly misleading customers about how fossil fuels harm the environment and public health. (Burlington Free Press) 

ALSO: A Maine energy company receives nearly $5 million in federal funding to make biogas from dairy waste collected from numerous local farms. (Mainebiz)

COAL: A Sierra Club lawsuit can proceed against a Pennsylvania coal plant operator over hot wastewater allegedly discharged illegally into the Allegheny River, a federal judge decides. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Connecticut climate activists say the state’s work to reduce building emissions isn’t moving fast enough to mitigate the climate crisis and want energy efficiency incentives for natural gas heating to end. (Energy News Network)

WIND: New Jersey and PSEG strike a deal to develop a wind turbine assembly yard and port on an artificial island next to three of the utility’s nuclear generating units. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE:
Several Pennsylvania lawmakers want to resurrect the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps to tackle modern day projects to alleviate the climate crisis. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
A new Clark University report calculates how much carbon dioxide is captured by preserved forests across New England and New York. (WBUR)
The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts an “installation-like opera” focused on climate change — but trucks in 21 tons of sand to serve as an expansive stage. (New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION:
The top lawmaker in Connecticut’s legislature says the Transportation and Climate Initiative won’t be considered in the September special session. (Connecticut Public Radio)
A small group of sailors takes a different tact than most cargo transporters: to reduce emissions, they haul Hudson Valley goods down to New York City via a 64-foot steel-hulled sailboat. (New York Times)

SOLAR: A Black megachurch and other facilities in Baltimore receive city and state funding to install solar panels and battery storage systems to create climate resilience centers in vulnerable communities. (Grist)

HYDROELECTRIC: As the relicensing process for several Connecticut River dams continues, some activists see opportunity to improve recreational facilities and wildlife efforts, as well as incorporate input from local Native American communities. (VTDigger)

GRID: A bus depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, is constructing a more than 5 MW microgrid to help transition away from on-site gas generation. (news release)