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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


2021Talks - June 11, 2021 


President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

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Ponds near oil rigs store wastewater from the fracking process, which is disposed of by injecting it back into the well. Some scientists believe this can cause earthquakes. (GettyImages)

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DALLAS – A new study is adding fuel to the debate over whether recent earthquakes in Texas are caused by oil and gas operations or natural geologic events. The study by Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey points to evidence that injecting wastewater into gas wells du

The latest Oil and Gas Threat Map identifies schools and child-care facilities located near oil and gas production operations. (Pixabay)

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SAN ANTONIO - As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, Texas environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive Oil and Gas Threat

The EPA estimates that there are more than 8,000 new oil and gas operations close enough to Texas residents to negatively affect them with toxic methane emissions. (McNew/GettyImages)<br /><br />
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texans have until midnight Wednesday to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to delay the start of new rules curbing toxic leaks of methane. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants a two-year stay in implementing the New Source Performance Standards for tho

Air quality monitors in Texas have indicated high ozone levels, indicating excessive emissions of methane and other toxic compounds from oil and gas wells. (EyeEm/GettyImages)
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Clean air advocates say it's a breath of fresh air for Texas - as a federal court blocks Trump Administration efforts to roll back a methane emission rule for new oil and gas wells. This week, the court found the EPA exceeded its authority by imposing a 90-day moratoriu

Excess methane gas is

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PLANO, Texas – Methane and other toxic byproducts from oil and gas exploration will, by 2025, make Texas the worst state in the nation for public health problems from toxic pollution, according to a new report. The study, produced by the Texas Grassroots Network, said up to 7,400 Texas oil a

A swimmer prepares to dive into the cold, clear water of the pool at Balmorhea State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife photo)

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ALPINE, Texas – Environmentalists are deeply concerned over plans by a Texas oil company to drill thousands of wells near iconic Balmorhea State Park in the Big Bend region. Houston-based Apache Corporation has leased 300,000 acres surrounding the environmentally sensitive park and plans to us

A new report says oil and gas operations on University of Texas System public lands are a major source of methane emissions. (bashta/iStockphoto)
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AUSTIN, Texas – Environmental groups, professors and students are demanding that the University of Texas System reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities on its public lands. A new analysis says the 9,000 oil and gas wells drilled on university land in West Texas are a major contri

A new study finds that implementation of the Clean Power Plan could significantly lower Texans' energy bills over the next 15 years. (iStockphoto)

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AUSTIN, Texas – Without changes in the way electricity is produced and how it is used, a new study says Texans will likely see a 49 percent increase in their electric bills over the next 15 years. But the report from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that implementing the Obama admin

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