OIL & GAS: Public health and environmental advocates call for a fracking ban in Pennsylvania — or at least stronger regulations — after new studies link asthma, lymphoma and low birth weights to proximity to fracking operations. (Capital & Main)

• Massachusetts’ business community seems to be signaling a willingness to decarbonize the economy following leadership and policy changes at several business and lobbying groups. (Boston Globe)
• A Pennsylvania think tank says shale gas never brought its touted prosperity to Appalachia, with a study showing production and industry jobs have collapsed since 2008 in the counties responsible for most of the region’s gas production. (Ohio Capital Journal)

• Rhode Island coastal regulators approve the  924 MW Sunrise wind farm but tack on several conditions aimed at environmental and fisheries preservation; the project still requires additional approvals. (Rhode Island Current)
• Massachusetts utility regulators allow the power purchase agreement between Eversource and Commonwealth Wind to be terminated after the developer said it was no longer a financially viable project. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Although steps are being taken to open Delaware up to the offshore wind industry, longstanding cost concerns linger. (E&E News)

CARBON CAPTURE: A Coca-Cola soda bottler in New York’s Westchester County plans to use the gas from an under-construction carbon capture system to fizz up its drinks. (GreenBiz)

• Heavy rains and warming Gulf of Maine temperatures may have contributed to a long-lasting, widespread algae bloom between Maine and Massachusetts that could significantly lower oxygen levels. (WMTW, Portland Press Herald)
• New England farmers undertake climate resiliency measures, like planting hardier crops and reconfiguring structures to mirror designs popular in traditionally hot weather states. (NHPR)
• Extremely hot temperatures are sending more Mainers to hospitals and emergency rooms, with July 6 in particular sending dozens to seek medical treatment. (Bangor Daily News)
• Poison ivy is thriving amid environmental conditions worsened by climate change, and shows signs of becoming bigger and itchier in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. (WBUR)

• Vermont’s July floods contributed to over 200 hazardous material spills, a problem that one official says will wash away with time even if nutrient and sediment pollution remain an issue. (Vermont Public Radio)
• A Vermont support organization forms a rapid-response team to financially and emotionally support vulnerable residents whose lives have been upended by the floods. (Seven Days)
• Federal scientists say the mid-Atlantic could notch some of the largest number of high-tide flooding days across the country this year. (WHYY)

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Bridget is a freelance reporter and newsletter writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. She compiles the Northeast Energy News digest. Bridget primarily writes about energy, conservation and the environment. Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. When she isn’t working on a story, she’s normally on a northern Maine lake or traveling abroad to practice her Spanish language skills.