Energy quick reads

** Eastern seaboard ports are preparing to accept shipments of goods being rerouted from the Port of Baltimore following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning. Port officials and private-sector distributors told The Hill that plans to divert cargo shipments are in the works due to the suspension of vessel traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore.

** The cargo ship that brought down the bridge in the Port of Baltimore was also involved in a crash in Antwerp, Belgium in 2016.

** Vinyl chloride, the chemical that grabbed headlines after it spilled from a derailed train in Ohio last year, is frequently leaked or spilled, according to a new report. The report, published Tuesday by environmental advocacy groups Earthjustice and Beyond Plastics, found 966 accidents involving the chemical since 2010.

** West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) on Tuesday vetoed a measure that would raise the allowable size for a solar plant operated by state utilities, citing concerns about its effects on the coal industry.

** Hydropower generation in the U.S. West plunged to a 22-year low last year — dropping 11 percent from the year before, according to a new federal data analysis.

** A large suburban Philadelphia county has joined dozens of other local governments around the country in suing the oil industry, asserting that major oil producers systematically deceived the public about their role in accelerating global warming.

** A federal lawsuit pits green energy against saving endangered whales, as three conservative groups are suing the Biden administration to stop what they say would be the largest wind energy project in the world.


** Farmers threw beets, sprayed manure at police and set hay alight on Tuesday as hundreds of tractors again sealed off streets close to the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where agriculture ministers sought to ease a crisis that has led to months of protests across the 27-member bloc.

** Russian oil firms face delays of up to several months to be paid for crude and fuel as banks in China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) become more wary of U.S. secondary sanctions, eight sources familiar with the matter said.

** China filed a World Trade Organization complaint against the U.S. on Tuesday over what it says are discriminatory requirements for electric vehicle subsidies. The Chinese Commerce Ministry didn’t say what prompted the move.