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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2021 


On this Inauguration Day, civil-rights groups urge Congress to pass the "For the People Act;" Leader McConnell puts blame on Trump for riots at the U.S. Capitol.


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The nation honors lives lost to COVID; America's 46th President set to take office; and the Senate begins confirmation hearings for Biden's cabinet.

Public News Service - ND: Climate Change/Air Quality

Some North Dakota tribal leaders are backing plans to clarify when oil companies owe royalties on flared gas. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - As federal regulators consider new rules to curb gas flaring at oil wells on public and tribal lands, North Dakotans are being asked to weigh in at public meeting in Dickinson today. In January, the Bureau of Land Management proposed the new regulations. This comes after years of

New federal rules could severely limit methane flaring at North Dakota's tribal and public gas wells. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The U.S. soon could see tighter restrictions on oil and gas flaring, and, if approved, that could have some long-term effects on North Dakota's air quality and economy. The Bureau of Land Management proposed new rules Friday that would limit venting and flaring at gas wells

Investors are saying they want more public disclosure from energy developers that use fracking, according to an industry scorecard that ranks them. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARK, N.D. - A lot of companies fracking for gas do a poor job of informing the public, according to investor groups. While a just-released scorecard faults Occidental Petroleum for secrecy in some areas, other companies like North Dakota-based Hess scored near the top of the third annual Disclos

Residents living near North Dakota's natural-gas flares have been asking the government to look into possible health effects. Credit: iStock

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Today ends the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's new natural-gas emissions rules, and Native American residents living near some of North Dakota's natural-gas flares have been trying to get the government to listen to their health concerns. Lisa DeVill

Sustainable=agriculture advocates say the EPA's new renewable-fuel standards are good, but don't go far enough to spur new sources. Credit: JZlomek/morguefile.com

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BISMARCK, N.D. - It took two years of delays, but this week the Environmental Protection Agency finally released new renewable-fuel standards for the country. The rules include upping the amount of renewable fuel, mostly corn-based ethanol, to more than 18 billion gallons by 2016. That will bring r

U.S. taxpayers have lost an estimated $380 million since 2006 because of flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites on federal lands. Credit: sakakawea7.

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's U.S. senators are being urged to support efforts to have the federal government take action to end the waste of natural gas at drilling sites on public lands and the loss of the associated revenue. An ad campaign launched this week in North Dakota and several other s

New research finds that North Dakota schools are not making the grade when it comes to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for kids with asthma or allergies. Credit: AskinTulayOver.

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BISMARCK, N.D. – As students across North Dakota try to make the grade upon their return to class, new research shows schools in the state are falling short of the honor roll when it comes to protecting children with asthma or allergies. A study from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Amer

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis

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