OIL & GAS: A loophole inserted into a 2005 federal energy law exempts 28 federally regulated chemicals from oversight when they’re used in fracking fluid, leaving advocates in the dark on environmental and public health risks to nearby communities. (Inside Climate News)

ALSO: As liquified natural gas projects along Louisiana’s coast face delays, experts question whether too many players rushed to build export terminals. (NOLA.com, subscription)

• Insurers in Japan, Britain and other countries are experimenting with extreme heat coverage, but experts say those policies are unlikely to catch on in the United States. (Grist)
• A federal bill would establish special advisers to oversee U.S. territories, which could raise their profile as climate change threatens island communities. (Grist)
• Delaware’s governor signs seven environmental bills into law, including a greenhouse gas reduction target and a school bus electrification plan. (Delaware Public Media)

GEOTHERMAL: A technological breakthrough for geothermal power, combined with new local policies promoting ground-source heat pumps, are paving the way for the industry’s growth. (Stateline)

• A key House Republican suggests his party will walk away from a bipartisan permitting reform deal over proposed White House requirements. (The Hill)
• Oil and gas companies and executives have donated nearly $4 million to funds supporting congressional Republicans so far this year. (Jacobin)

OFFSHORE WIND: Climate advocates call out federal regulators for finalizing far smaller offshore wind lease areas than they originally proposed. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The U.S. EPA moves to reject Alabama’s coal ash permitting plan because it doesn’t sufficiently protect people and waterways, potentially forcing utilities to excavate and remove millions of tons of wet coal ash slurry from unlined ponds. (AL.com, Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Failing to decarbonize with clean energy and more sustainably produced materials could threaten the economic strength of Indiana’s manufacturing industry, according to a new report. (Indianapolis Star)

CARBON CAPTURE: South Dakota regulators say they are being tasked with permitting a carbon pipeline before the developer has submitted complete analyses, while other experts say the company’s data on potential rupture impacts is incomplete. (South Dakota Searchlight, Argus Leader)

• Electric vehicle maker Rivian signs on as the anchor customer for an 800 MW solar farm to be built atop a former Kentucky coal mine. (Canary Media)
• New York establishes a $12 million initiative to integrate electric vehicles into the grid for both charging and energy storage and support zero-emission technologies to fuel medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: A Minnesota regulator accuses Xcel Energy of being “childish and ridiculous” for withdrawing planned clean energy investments after the company was denied the full rate increase it had requested. (Star Tribune)

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