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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - WY: Environment

As much as $96 million worth of natural gas is lost due to flaring, venting and leaks in Wyoming's oil and gas fields every year. (BLM)

LANDER, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday took final steps to weaken Obama-era methane rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of natural gas lost through venting, flaring and leaks on public lands. BLM officials have claimed that the rules would unnecessarily

Aspen stands play a critical role in local ecosystems by providing habitat for birds, insects and various kinds of plants. (Pixabay)

CODY, Wyo. – Aspen trees are on the rebound in and around Yellowstone National Park, and a new report says predators deserve the credit. Luke Painter, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author, says the trees were in decline for decades largely because

Natural gas lost through leaks, venting and other waste costs Wyoming between $8.8 million and $16 million in lost tax revenue every year. (BLM)

CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming wants to extend pollution and waste reduction efforts proven effective in the Upper Green River Basin to the rest of the state. A new proposal would limit toxic emissions and methane leaks at oil and gas facilities. Jon Goldstein, director of regulatory and legislati

Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance grants have supported hundreds of projects across Wyoming, including Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. (National Park Service)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which taps a portion of offshore drilling fees to ensure recreational access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities on public lands, could effectively be shut down on September 30 unless Congress acts. The program is authorized

Over 70 percent of Americans now believe climate change is real, a new high. (Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Democrats and Republicans agree on climate change more than they might think, according to a new University of Colorado study, but forging a unified action plan continues to be a major challenge. Leaf Van Boven, the report's lead author, says despite what is often reported a

Wyoming was one of the first states to curb toxic emissions, including methane, from oil and gas production sites. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Two groups representing hunting and agriculture interests on Tuesday launched the "Wyoming Conservation Legacy" to draw attention to the need to protect the state's air, land, water and wildlife as the governor's race heats up. Four Democrats and six Republicans are busy camp

Scientists warn that increased oil and gas development in critical sage grouse habitat could cause more birds to abandon mating sites known as leks. (BLM)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Scientists are lining up in opposition to the U.S. Interior Department's proposed changes to the Greater Sage Grouse Management Plan. Twenty-one biologists and sage grouse experts sent a letter so Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging the agency to follow the best availa

Of the Bureau of Land Managementís upcoming and newly offered oil and gas leasing on public lands, 76 percent are located inside protected sage grouse habitat across Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. (BLM)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management holds open house meetings in Wyoming this week on the agency's proposed changes to the Greater Sage-Grouse Management Plan. The plan was created by a host of stakeholders over several years to keep the bird off the Endangered Species List, after

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