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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


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Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - UT: Environmental Justice

Many oil and gas producers vent or

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MOAB, Utah -- Conservationists and others are optimistic key climate-change regulations on methane leaks rolled back during the Trump administration will soon be reinstated. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act last week to reverse a 2017 executive order which led

The Jacob Hamblin Arch is part of the former Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that Utah conservationists hope will be restored by the incoming Biden administration. (kojihirano/Adobe Stock) <br /><br />

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MOAB, Utah -- Utah conservation groups, battered by four years of Trump administration rollbacks of public-land protections, say they're looking for a new approach from the new administration. Since 2016, Utah has seen reductions in the size of national monuments, new mineral leases on public lands

Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management, William Pendley Perry (center), tours outdoor trails near Moab in 2019 with several BLM staff members. (BLM)

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MOAB, Utah -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) begins this week without a director. In a win for conservation groups and a number of Western states, including Utah, a federal judge ordered William Perry Pendley be removed from his post, which he had been filling illegally for more than 400 days

A 2019 audit by the Utah Legislature found the state regulatory agency in charge of inspecting oil and gas production had not issued a single fine in its 20-year history. (Craddick/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Regulatory agencies in most western states have improved their oversight of the oil and gas industry in recent years. A recent analysis, however, shows that one state -- Utah -- stands out as the worst over the past two decades at dealing with violations. Aaron Weiss, deputy dir

The Colorado pikeminnow is one of the endangered fish species threatened by oil-shale development in the Uintah Basin. (TaylorMcKinnon/Center for Biological Diversity)

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VERNAL, Utah – A coalition of conservation groups plans to sue the Trump administration over plans to construct a commercial oil-shale development in Utah's Uintah Basin. The groups claim the planned Enefit project would drain billions of gallons of water from the upper Colorado River Basin,

The Methane Waste Rule is designed to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and increase royalties for states and tribes. Caitlyn Cromwell)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge ordered the Trump administration late Wednesday to implement an Obama-era rule that forces oil and gas companies to capture excess natural gas rather than burn it or vent it into the air. The Feds had been stalling key provisions of the Methane Waste Rule, but the

The city of Oakland, Calif., has banned coal handling at its port facilities, blocking a plan for producers to use the facility to export Utah coal. (JanHanusSr/iStockphoto)

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SALT LAKE CITY - Utah environmentalists and government watchdogs are cheering a decision by the Oakland city council to ban coal shipments through its port facilities. The decision puts a roadblock in front of plans for Utah producers to ship coal through the California port to overseas markets. But

Environmentalists and others are fighting a plan to ship coal mined in Utah by rail to Oakland for international export. (traveler1116/iStockphoto)

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SALT LAKE CITY - A $53 million plan for Utah to buy a share of a coal-export facility in California is sparking controversy over both funding for the deal and its potential impact on the environment. The complex scheme would send coal mined in Utah by rail to a terminal in Oakland, where it would

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