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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2018 


Manafort and Cohen guilty as charged. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Federal figures predict little boost for coal jobs, while EPA admits its new coal rules endanger health; and it turns out drivers want better MPG despite Trump fuel-standard rollbacks.

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Public News Service - MT: Energy Policy

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

For more than 40 years, the League of Conservation Voters has graded members of Congress based on their votes on environmental issues. (David Restivo/National Park Service)

HELENA, Mont. — Montana's congressional delegation is split on protecting the environment, according to the scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters on Tuesday. The scorecard grades Treasure State lawmakers on 19 Senate and 35 House votes in 2017 related to the environment, energy,

Ken Ward and four other climate activists took action into their own hands on Oct. 11, 2016, and shut down pipelines in four states. (

MISSOULA, Mont. — In October 2016, five climate activists shut down oil pipelines by hand in a coordinated effort across four states, stopping about 15 percent of the country's oil imports for nearly a day. The film "The Reluctant Radical" is about one of those activists, Ken Ward. And it ha

More than half of Montana's fishing access sites were funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Loren Kerns/Flickr)

Note: An earlier version of this story stated the Land and Water Conservation Fund budget would be reduced by 90 percent. That number has been revised to 98 percent. HELENA, Mont. – Public lands and natural resources take a big hit under President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal released

Leonard Higgins, who shut down a pipeline in Coal Banks Landing, Mont., faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison. (Climate Direct Action)

FORT BENTON, Mont. – In October 2016, Leonard Higgins and four other activists concerned about the imminent impact of climate change took action into their own hands to stop it. Known collectively as the "valve turners," the five climate activists shut off oil pipeline emergency valves acros

Montana's wind sector has the potential to power 6.4 million homes by 2030, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy.  (David J. LaPorte/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. – How does the country move toward renewable energy in a way that benefits working families? That's one issue being addressed at the 46th annual Northern Plains Resource Council meeting on Saturday. Keynote speaker Tyson Slocum is the energy program director for Public Citize

Conservationists worry places like the Blackfoot Valley, above, and recreation in the area would be threatened by climate change without the Clean Power Plan. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration has announced it's rolling back one of the strongest safeguards against climate change. The Clean Power Plan set federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, in turn encouraging clean energy development. The EPA does not yet have a rep

Rancher Seth Newton has been concerned for years about a radioactive oil waste facility upstream from his property. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – After more than four years of urging, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has released draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Since 2013, the Oaks Disposal facility near Glendive has been the destination for more than 250,000 to

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