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    PNS Daily News - February 11, 20160 


    Our roundup of today’s news includes concern that the Supreme Court's decision on climate change regulations could scuttle the Paris climate agreement, presidential candidates are moving on from New Hampshire to South Carolina in search of delegates, and oyster aficionados are watching the latest efforts to restore Chesapeake Bay.

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EPA data suggests that measures to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan will provide nearly $54 billion in climate and health benefits. (erdenebayar/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The saga over the merits of the Clean Power Plan continues, with the U.S. Supreme Court staying implementation of the standards pending legal challenges. But supporters are confident the standards will ultimately be upheld. Ohio is among 27 states suing the Environmental P ...Read More

State regulators voted against allowing the injection of oil and gas wastewater into the Madison Aquifer, a future source of drinking water. (Matthew Bowden/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Aethon Energy's request for an exemption allowing them to dispose millions of barrels of oil and gas wastewater into a portion of the Madison Aquifer. The aquifer underlies Montana, Nebraska, North and ...Read More

The Iron Gate Dam is one of four slated for removal if all parties agree on amendments to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. (California Trout)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A plan for the Klamath Basin water-use agreements may have expired in Congress, but at least part of it was resuscitated this week. The states of Oregon and California, the utility PacifiCorp and two federal agencies, the Commerce and Interior Departments, say they're moving ...Read More

Environment America is asking Maryland and other states in the region to cut power plant emissions by another 50 percent by 2030. (Environment America)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Representatives from nine Northeastern states met recently for the first time since the Paris climate agreement to talk about cutting pollution and reducing global warming. Travis Madsen, the state campaign director for Environment America, says the next important step forwa ...Read More

Critics say legislation to allow fracking in the state is moving too quickly. (Ostroff Law//Wikimedia Commons)

TAMPA, Fla. - State senators are poised to vote on a bill that would roll out the welcome mat for fracking operations statewide, despite grave concerns from the scientific community. The bill, which already passed the state House, would not require fracking companies to disclose the chemicals or pot ...Read More

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t ...Read More

Nevada's Basin and Range National Monument was created last year by President Obama under the Antiquities Act. (Bureau of Land Management)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - A move to gut the Antiquities Act and effectively block a U.S. president from declaring new national monuments died in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The president now has the power to create a national monument by executive order. The Senate defeated an amendment to the energy bil ...Read More

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposal to limit gas waste at well sites Thursday in Casper. (Think4photop/iStockphoto)

CASPER, Wy. - Wyoming is considering new rules for how much methane, the principal component of natural gas, companies are allowed to vent or burn at well sites. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing in Casper on Thursday. Hollis Hackman, area director of the W ...Read More

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