PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - FL: Water

A 2006 congressional moratorium bans drilling within 125 miles of the Florida coast, but only until 2022. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Interior Department announced plans late Friday to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in U.S. history. The plans include auctioning off more than 77 million acres of offshore waters to drilling, covering coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Te

Anti-fracking groups say Florida's aquifer and the soluble limestone foundation make the state even more vulnerable to damage from fracking. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and conservation advocates is expected to host more than 200 anti-fracking activists during a rally at the Capitol calling for a fracking ban, conservation funding and more. House Bill 237 by Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, would b

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., calls the feds' decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Critics of the Trump administration's decision to exclude Florida from its offshore drilling plan say it has little to do with protecting the state's environment, and more to do with Gov. Rick Scott's political ambitions. The Republican governor is close friends with Pres

The Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling was met with immediate concern from environmental groups that say it poses risks to coastal communities. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even President Donald Trump's close friend and ally, Gov. Rick Scott, is opposing the administrations plans to open new stretches of federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including off the coast of Florida. In a statement, Scott said he requested a meeting with Interior

The public comment period on renewing offshore drilling runs through Aug. 17. (

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Just a couple of days are left to comment on a plan by the Trump administration to undo Obama-era protections for the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. President Trump has vowed to take steps to reopen the ocean territories to oil and gas drilling, saying it would boost the econo

Rising sea levels along Florida coastlines have been one topic at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Miami Beach this weekend. (David Parsons/iStockphoto)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – If the federal government won't take the lead on climate change - local cities will. That's the message from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, wrapping up today in Miami Beach. Hundreds of mayors from across the U.S., including more than a dozen from Florida, swapped ideas o

The health of the Apalachicola ecosystem is the subject of a lawsuit. (Florida Department of Environmental Protection)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Spanning three states and ending in the Gulf of Mexico, the Apalachicola ecosystem is one of the most significant in the Western Hemisphere, which is why environmental groups are fighting for its survival in court. The federal lawsuit alleges that the way the U.S. Army Co

Opponents of the Sabal Trail Pipeline say it will damage environmentally sensitive areas of Florida and put drinking water at risk. (WWALS Watershed Coalition)

LIVE OAK, Fla. – As a small group holds vigil near the Suwannee River in north Florida, a growing chorus of voices across the state and online is speaking out against the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline. Plans call for the 515-mile natural gas pipeline to tunnel under forests, wetlands, ranche

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