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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: 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: Turtles and many other species suffered in the 2005 BP oil spill. BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday. Florida's share is $3.25 billion. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida conservation groups say the BP settlement announced Thursday is a big step forward giving certainty that the funding will be there to restore the Gulf coast. It comes five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, releasing almost four billion barr ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Jay Inslee has been putting in some long days and evenings, along with members of the Washington Legislature, and they're still not quite done with education-related issues and how to fund them.  Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee calls the operating budget he signed into law this week "forward-thinking, responsible and fair." Most Washingtonians would add, '...and a long time coming,' after multiple special sessions and votes that aren't quite over. Bernal Baca is the government affa ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama Administration faces a legal challenge from a coalition of states, including Nevada, over the EPA's update to the Clean Water Rule. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada is among thirteen states suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its updated Clean Water Rule. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, who filed the suit this week, claims the rule amounts to a power grab by the federal government, seeking greater con ...Read More

PHOTO: Congressman Raśl Grijalva is sponsoring three bills in Congress to protect public lands and cultural resources in southern Arizona, lending some certainty to the state's outdoor recreation economy. Photo credit: Representative Raśl Grijalva.

PHOENIX – Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D–Tucson) is sponsoring three bills in Congress which he says seek to better protect and preserve public lands, cultural resources and the economy. The proposed legislation would create multiple heritage and conservation areas on over tw ...Read More

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