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PNS Daily Newscast - December 10, 2018 


Nick Ayers is said to reject Trump’s offer to be White House chief of staff. Also on the Monday rundown: help still needed in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael, and look for a domestic workers bill of rights to be introduced in congress next year.

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Public News Service - TX: Water

Global water withdrawal for energy production constitutes 15 percent of the world’s total water consumption. (Pixnio)

AMARILLO, Texas – The oil and gas industry's thirst for water – a critical component of hydraulic fracturing – has skyrocketed, according to a Duke University report. Industry use increased by more than 700 percent between 2011 and 2016. If current trends continue, Avner Vengos

In a 2017 lawsuit, Energy Transfer Partners cited RICO laws, used to prosecute the Mafia in the 1970s, to argue a coalition of environmental and Indigenous groups constituted a criminal enterprise. (Fibonacci Blue)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new Greenpeace USA report documents how the corporate sponsor behind the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to use a variety of surveillance, lobbying, and legal tactics to silence protesters. Project leader Molly Dorozenski with Greenpeace says in the wake of events at Stand

Hurricane Harvey brought more than 50 inches of rain to the Houston area in a four-day period last August. (urban.houstonian/flickr)

SAN ANTONIO - Hurricane Harvey left its mark on the Houston area, tying with Hurricane Katrina for the most costly storm at $125 billion in damage. For the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the storm is a cautionary tale of the dangers of not preparing for the next big storm, and SARA assistant ma

Many scientists believe the heavy floods that accompanied Hurricane Harvey last summer were caused, in part, by climate change. (Platt/GettyImages)

HOUSTON - Municipal officials could be forced to deal with climate change sooner rather than later, or have their bond ratings downgraded. Moody's Investor Services, a bond rating agency, says one element of how it now will determine a city's credit rating in Texas and across the country will be t

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)

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

A new report finds that urban waterways in Texas such as the San Antonio River could benefit from green infrastructure to control flooding and pollution from stormwater runoff. (Warshaw/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Rain is the lifeblood of Texas, but a new study shows that when there's too much of it, the state's major cities need to do more to prevent stormwater damage. While incidents such as Hurricane Harvey are extreme examples of urban flooding, a report by Environment Texas shows

The GulfCorps project plans to hire 300 new conservation workers to help restore portions of the Gulf Coast damaged by the 2010 BP oil spill. (Thayer/GettyImages)

GALVESTON, Texas -- Conservation groups announced that 300 new conservation jobs will be created in Texas and other Gulf Coast states with restoration funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The $7 million project, funded by fines from the incident, will repair and restore coastal area

A stand of live oak trees in Butler Park frames the downtown Austin skyline. Conservationists say urban forests are critical to air and water quality in Texas cities. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Conservation groups, cities and business interests are fighting bills in the Texas Legislature that would strip municipalities of the ability to regulate the removal of old-growth trees. Dozens of people have testified before state House and Senate committees, with most speakers opp

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