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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Bubbling, Gurgling Unwelcome Surprises in the Red Desert

April 30, 2007


Bubbling, gurgling unwelcome surprises in the Red Desert, as "mud pots" have been popping up in the Atlantic Rim area. While similar features are naturally found in Yellowstone, there are suspicions that these new "mud pots" are not natural. Steve Jones with the Wyoming Outdoor Council says initial testing suggests a link to coal bed methane development.

“Methane gas are coming up from coal seams, then mixing with a little groundwater near the surface to form these mud pots.”

The pots are up to five feet across, and may pose a hazard to livestock and wildlife, as well as become a source of air pollution. One drilling company says it's investigating.

The BLM is considering allowing more coal bed methane wells to be drilled in the area, but Jones believes a "time out" is needed until the cause of the "mud pots" is identified because it might be related to development.

“Part of the problem might be abandoned wells were not capped or plugged properly. Those wells are serving as conduits to get that methane to the surface.”

The state Department of Environmental Quality has tested the wells to verify methane gas.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WY