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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.

Environmental Justice

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident ...Read More

PHOTO: Last weekend's oil spill along the Yellowstone River appears to be similar in size to the 2011 spill pictured here, which also affected the Yellowstone River. This spill took months to clean and cost $135 million, but cleanup efforts for the current spill have been hampered because of the frozen river and wintertime conditions. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

GLENDIVE, Mont. - An oil pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River last weekend still is being assessed, but a Bridger Pipeline company spokesman says it's estimated that about 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude spilled into the water upstream of Glendive. Dena Hoff, a member of the Northern Plains Reso ...Read More

PHOTO: If a law passed in the midst of last year's water protests is amended, it might not apply to a company run by former Freedom Industries executives - cited for similar problems. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Chemical storage problems at a company run by former Freedom Industries executives might escape state attention if the law passed after last year's spill is loosened. Violations at Lexycon's tank farm in Nitro are worryingly similar to Freedom's, says Maya Nye, executive ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030 ...Read More

PHOTO: A side of toxins with that? Groups critical of Washington's proposal to update water-quality standards claim it doesn't do enough to clean up pollution or curtail industrial waste discharge, while health warnings persist for eating fish caught in some locations. Photo credit: JRStock/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - People can comment starting this week on new state water quality standards that already have been years in the making in Washington. Anyone who eats or catches fish will want to take a look at them. The new standards are based on higher fish consumption rates that are more realisti ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens rallied on the Capitol steps in Wyoming on Tuesday night, asking President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Rallies have been taking place around the country. Photo of a protester at an event courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Protestors hit the steps of the Wyoming Capitol on Tuesday night, rallying against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Organizer Cynthia Willson said they want President Obama to reject the pipeline because of environmental concerns, mainly concerning carbon pollution. Promoters of ...Read More

PHOTO: They may be tiny, but California's Delta smelt proved to be important enough that the case for protecting them made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The highest court in the land has sided with one of the tiniest fish in California - by refusing to hear an appeal on Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court was asked by some California farming interests and water districts to consider overturning a case that affirms protections for th ...Read More

PHOTO: Oil wells near La Habra Heights, Calif., are nothing new; this photo is from the 1920s. But residents will vote in March on rules to restrict new oil and gas development, and also such high-intensity drilling techniques as fracking. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Elections in less than two months are the talk of two small southern California communities where voters will decide the future of oil and gas drilling in their areas – and the results could set the tone for other parts of the state. In La Habra Heights, residents ...Read More

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