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PNS Daily Newscast - December 17, 2018 


Do GOP lawmakers have the votes to avoid a government shutdown? Also on the Monday rundown: groups laud Zinke’s departure, but worry about who’s next. Plus, a call for review of Veteran’s Administration dog research.

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Public News Service - MT: Energy Policy

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BOZEMAN, Mont. – A growing number of Montana businesses and cities say they're committed to reaching the climate goals outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, despite the Trump administration's decision to pull out of it. The "We Are Still In" campaign includes more than 3,500 businesses, gove

A 2020 project to open up access to the Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is in jeopardy if the Land and Water Conservation Fund isn't reauthorized. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Groups in Montana and nationwide are urging Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as the lame-duck session ticks down. The fund, which provides access to public lands, expired in September. Montana has received nearly $600 million since th

Unlike some other states, Montana doesn't have setback limits mandating how far away wells must be from buildings and homes. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday held its only public hearing on a proposal to roll back regulations on methane leaking for the oil and gas industry. The meeting took place in Denver, but advocates for health and the environment traveled to it from around the

Last week, the Interior Department undid regulations that prevent methane flaring on drilling operations. (Tim Hurst/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans and other westerners overwhelmingly want oil and gas companies to stop operational gas leaks, according to a new poll. That puts them at odds with recent moves by the Trump administration. According to a Center for Western Priorities survey, 92 percent of Montana

More than 12 million Americans live within a half-mile of an active oil or gas well, compressor or processor, according to a new report. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

BAINVILLE, Mont. – A new report focusing on people who live on the front lines of oil and gas operations says they face greater risks of asthma, cancer and other illnesses. From the group Moms Clean Air Force, "Face to Face with Oil and Gas" looks at families dealing with benzene, methane, si

Montana's national parks have nearly $220 million in deferred maintenance to be done. (dconvertini/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to address the crumbling infrastructure in America’s national parks is scheduled for a congressional hearing this week. The Restore Our Parks Act would provide up to $6.5 billion over the next five years to chip away at national parks' growing maintenance backlog

Farmer Dena Hoff, who opposes the Keystone XL project, surveys the Yellowstone River from her property, which was negatively affected by a ruptured pipeline in 2015. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline is set for Thursday in federal court in Great Falls, so opponents are rallying today at a local park. President Donald Trump approved the pipeline right after he took office, but it has been held up by lawsuits. The pipeline would transport

Pat Wilson moved out of Montana after his wife's asthma grew worse from a nearby oil-drilling operation. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – The public has a few more days to comment on a change to the Bureau of Land Management's methane waste prevention rule. Critics say the change will leave the regulation toothless. The current rule, which took half a decade to create, was designed to cut down on the venting, f

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