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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - MT: Energy Policy

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

The Clean Power Plan aimed to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 2030. (SD-Pictures/Pixabay)

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Environmental Protection Agency didn't schedule a public meeting in Montana on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, so Montanans are taking matters into their own hands. On Sunday, the Northern Plains Resource Council is holding the "Clean Power to the People" h

Leonard Higgins and four other activists shut down 15 percent of the country's oil imports in 2016. (Climate Direct Action)

FORT BENTON, Mont. — A climate activist who shut down an oil pipeline in Montana in 2016 will not receive jail time for his actions. On Tuesday, a judge in Fort Benton gave Leonard Higgins a deferred sentence of three years and ordered him to pay $3,700 in restitution to the oil pipeline comp

An artist rendering of Gordon Butte Storage Hydro Project shows where the two reservoirs for the system would be located. (Absaroka Energy)

MARTINSDALE, Mont. – A proposed project in central Montana would create a huge battery for renewable energy sources out of the natural landscape. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project is a closed-loop hydroelectric facility created from two reservoirs – one at the bottom of the ridge

Climate change could cost Montana's agriculture sector 26,000 jobs over the next 50 years. (Matt Lavin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – For Montana agriculture, the changing climate is not a future possibility – it's a reality that's already here. Montana Farmers Union board member Erik Somerfeld is a malt barley farmer outside of the town of Power. He's seen yield on his spring planted crops decline ov

More oil and gas drilling on public lands in Montana can be expected if the Interior Department cuts royalty rates. (Roy Luck/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A U.S. Interior Department advisory committee proposed on Wednesday that companies pay less in royalties to taxpayers for the right to drill and dig on public lands. The Royalty Policy Committee is made up of fossil fuel industry representatives and delegates from top energy

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