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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 


    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

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PHOTO: Landowners concerned about the impact of deep-well fracking in Kentucky are displaying signs like this one as the state moves forward with the controversial method of oil and gas drilling. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. – Bracing for a boom in deep-well fracking, state lawmakers revised Kentucky's regulations on oil and gas production in March. Environmentalists and landowners will now get to express their views about the regulatory revisions in a trio of public meetings across the commonwealth, b ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing is increasing. An average horizontal gas well consumed over five million gallons of water in 2014, up from around 177,000 gallons in 2000. Graphic courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

DENVER – A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows water used for hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," is on the rise across the nation. The study found water use in horizontal drilling at gas wells was 28 times higher in 2014 than in 2000, and each gas well now ta ...Read More

PHOTO: Activist Emily Heffling of the group ForestEthics is detained Monday for trying to hang an anti-oil train banner on the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge east of Vallejo. Photo credit: Jay Carmona/ForestEthics.

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two activists protesting oil trains were detained by the California Highway Patrol on Monday while attempting to unfurl a banner on the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge, one of several bridges which crosses the Carquinez Strait east of Vallejo. The large banner, with the me ...Read More

PHOTO: Activists are gathering signatures for a state constitutional amendment authorizing third-party sales of electricity to encourage more solar power. Photo courtesy Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Floridians for Solar Choice constitutional amendment effort is moving quickly to get on the 2016 ballot. Backers say they've gathered more than 100,000 signatures, exceeding the 10 percent necessary to submit the language to the state Supreme Court. Stephen Smith, boar ...Read More

PHOTO: The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute wants more farmers to be aware of the Transition Incentives Program (TIP). Millions of TIP dollars are available to connect retiring farmers with beginners who need land to produce crops. Photo courtesy Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

EAST TROY, Wis. – Millions of dollars are being made available through the Transition Incentive Program (TIP) to connect retiring farmers with new farmers. The program is intended to help solve a persistent problem among new farmers seeking access to available farmland. David Andrews, executi ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 200 cougars a year are killed by hunters in Washington. Animal rights' organizations are asking the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to change its recent decision to increase the cougar quota in some hunting units. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is being asked to rethink its decision to allow more cougars to be killed during hunting season. The recommended quota, based on in-state university research, has been 12 to 16 percent of the cougar population – but the commission in ...Read More

PHOTO: University of Florida research has found the state's rare frosted elfin butterfly population is threatened by controlled burns if those fires are not managed properly and holistically. Photo credit: Matt Thom, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Controlled burns could wipe out rare north Florida butterflies if they're not done with insect habitat in mind, according to a recent University of Florida study. The research found certain butterflies need fire because they feed on plants that only survive when flames wee ...Read More

PHOTO: With Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans far apart on matters like education funding, one economic analyst says the GOP appears to be using a budget crisis they helped create to push for sweeping changes. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania House Archives.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts predict Pennsylvania's budget standoff will be short and not too damaging – but they warn that could change if either side holds out for extreme ideological positions. Economist Mark Price, research director at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, says ...Read More

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