PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2019. 

A blockbuster storm forecast to bring major snowfall to the Midwest today and Northeast over the weekend. Also, on the Friday rundown: Women’s Marches planned across the nation tomorrow; plus Democrats slog to Iowa on path to the White House.

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Public News Service - MT: Energy Policy

The Upper Missouri River Break National Monument in central Montana is Bureau of Land Management-administered public land. (Bob Wick/BLM)

HELENA, Mont. – Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA), legislation that changed how the Bureau of Land Management oversees public lands. Before the Act passed in 1976, the BLM largely managed its lands for ranching, and oil and gas development. FLP

A new ad campaign from the group Moms Clean Air Force praises Gov. Steve Bullock's energy blueprint. (Moms Clean Air Force)

HELENA, Mont. - Clean energy advocates have just launched a media blitz during the Olympics, with ads on TV and radio in Billings, Missoula and Helena praising Governor Steve Bullock's energy blueprint. The nonprofit advocacy group, called Moms Clean Air Force, is trying to bring attention to the pl

Conservation groups are asking the State of Montana to tighten regulations on companies disclosing the chemical content used in fracking. (Environmental Defense Fund)

HELENA, Mont. — Two groups petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation on Tuesday, asking to close loopholes that they said keep landowners in the dark about potentially toxic chemicals being injected into the ground at drilling sites. Derf Johnson, water program director for th

Plant owners say Units 1 and 2 at Colstrip will close by 2022. (Montana Environmental Information Center)

COLSTRIP, Mont. - Conservation groups in Montana and the Northwest say they're pleased with a legal settlement announced on Tuesday that includes shutting down Units 1 and 2 at the coal-burning power plant in Colstrip by 2022. The two companies that own them, Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy, ha

Workers install a new solar panel array at the

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The state's first trailblazing uber-green building -- the first to achieve LEED Platinum status -- is turning 10 and getting a new 24-kilowatt solar array to celebrate. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and Platinum is the highest certification awarde

Gov. Steve Bullock presents his Montana Energy Plan at the University of Montana in Missoula on Wednesday. (Office of the Governor)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Renewable energy advocates are praising Gov. Steve Bullock's new energy plan, which lays out a number of strategies to increase Montana's market for solar and wind projects. The governor promoted his plan Wednesday at a panel discussion at the University of Montana in Misso

Gas flares on Pat Wilson's cattle ranch near Bainville, Mont. (Caitlyn Cromwell)

BANEVILLE, Mont. - More than 6,000 Montanans live within a half-mile of the state's almost 9,800 oil and gas facilities, according to a new mapping tool released this week. Two nonprofit groups, Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force, are behind the website, Oil and Gas Threat Map. It pinpoints loc

The Northwest Energy Conference kicks off today in Missoula. (Alternative Energy Resources Organization)

MISSOULA, Mont. – More than a hundred conservation advocates are converging on Missoula today to map out Montana's transition to a clean energy economy. They're gathering for the annual Northwest Energy Coalition conference. This year, Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to lay out his plan to

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