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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2018 


Robert Muller now expected to reveal findings of his probe right after the November Midterm Elections. Also on the Thursday rundown: the poorest people pay the highest taxes in states like Nevada; and the terminator fights gerrymandering.

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Public News Service - WV: Energy Policy

Natural gas pipeline projects through the rugged Appalachian Mountains inevitably run into serious slope erosion problems. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Construction on two huge gas pipelines through West Virginia and Virginia has repeatedly stopped and restarted, as the 4th federal circuit court stalls permits. Last week, the court vacated a Clean Water Act permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The court had also sto

The U.S. Energy Information Agency sees little boost to West Virginia coal production from ending the Clean Power Plan. (U.S. EIA)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – President Donald Trump's visit to Charleston on Tuesday highlighted a plan to loosen carbon-pollution rules - but according to the federal government's own figures, that isn't likely to spark much growth in coal jobs. Trump's plan would let states, instead of the Environm

The steep hillsides of Appalachia present serious challenges for building big gas pipelines. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Clean water groups say getting a single, general permit to cover work at hundreds of separate sites by gas pipeline companies is an abuse of the permitting process. A coalition of six citizen and conservation groups is asking federal courts to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipe

Much of West Virginia's self image is defined by its connection to the state's wilderness. But a new voting scorecard shows record opposition to conservation legislation. (Chad Cordell)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A voting scorecard by the West Virginia Sierra Club shows record levels of opposition to conservation measures by state lawmakers. Jim Kotcon, who chairs the Sierra Club West Virginia's political committee, has been tracking votes on a wide range of environmental legislat

Initial research found higher levels of cancer and birth defects in residents around surface mines, but a broad federal study to follow up on those problems was canceled. (Vivian Stockman/Southwings)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – New evidence suggests political pressure had a role in the U.S. Department of the Interior's sudden cancellation of a major study on the health impacts of mountaintop-removal mining. According to a newly released Inspector General's letter to Congress, the Interior Depar

In the current market, natural gas is much less expensive than coal as fuel for West Virginia power plants. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Calling itself a grassroots citizens group, an organization opposing new gas power plants is getting key backing from coal baron Bob Murray and Murray Energy. The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance has said it was founded by retired West Virginia miners in the northern panhandle,

Folks who want to resupply a protester blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline say the Forest Service is keeping them 125 feet from the tall pole she occupies. (Appalachians Against Pipelines)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – After a month-and-a-half of pole-sitting on Peter's Mountain, a protester blocking progress of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is living on energy bars, packets of applesauce and rainwater - but has no plans to leave. The pole was erected in the middle of the sole acce

U.S. Senate hopeful Don Blankenship has just finished a one-year prison sentence related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. (Don Blankenship for U.S. Senate)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Controversial coal baron Don Blankenship has drawn national attention with his U.S. Senate run - but polling and conversations with voters suggest he won't shake his criminal conviction for endangering miners. The former Massey Energy CEO served a year in prison for mine-

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