PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 

Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - MT: Water

PHOTO: There's a rally today in Billings to demand that Exxon pay the fine levied for the Yellowstone River oil spill two years ago. Photo courtesy of

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's been two years, so it's time for Exxon to pay up. That demand will be made at a rally today in Billings on the anniversary of the Exxon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration levied a $1.7

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation Report,

POLSON, Mont. – High gold, silver and copper prices have led to renewed interest in hard rock mining, and a new report takes a look at what that would mean for tribal lands. The study by the National Wildlife Federation examines two regulations in the Clean Water Act that exempt the industry

PHOTO: A report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils says Montana needs to start tracking water usage in hydraulic fracturing. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BAINVILLE, Mont. – Seven billion gallons of water a year are being used in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to get to oil and gas. That number is in a new report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils, which points out that it's a

PHOTO: A film showing the accelerated pace of climate change is showing in Bozeman Thursday. Courtesy of EarthVision

BOZEMAN, Mont. - A documentary featuring several years' worth of images that offer a window into how climate change is affecting landscapes is showing Thursday in Bozeman, and some Bozeman High School students are hoping for a packed house. The film "Chasing Ice" showcases three years of time-lapse

PHOTO: The Montana Land Board is set to vote on state land easements for the Keystone X-L Pipeline

HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Land Board is set to vote today on state land easements for the Keystone XL Pipeline. It's a vote that Jim Jensen, the Montana Environmental Information Center's executive director, says is premature because the environmental analysis for the project hasn't been finalized

PHOTO: Coal activist Janet Keating is speaking at the Northern Plains Resource Council annual meeting.

BILLINGS, Mont. - A well-known coal activist from Appalachia will share her insights on fighting for public health and economic justice at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council tomorrow (Saturday) in Billings. Janet Keating says West Virginia has paid a high price for years of

PHOTO: Loaded coal train cars.

HELENA, Mont. - Questions about the effects of an increase in coal train traffic through Montana have been raised by local groups - most notably, the Northern Plains Resource Council - in recent months. Now, a national organization is urging caution. The National Wildlife Federation has issued a re

BROADUS, Mont. - The State Land Board will get the final say when it comes to protecting private property, air and water impacted by mining Otter Creek coal tracts. a federal judge has ruled. Judge Joseph Hegel also ruled that the board did not have to consider environmental impacts of mining the 1

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