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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - WY: Climate Change/Air Quality

Coal ash is what's left after burning coal for electricity production, and is typically stored in open air, often unlined slurries. (Richard Webb)

SHERIDAN, Wyo. – The deadline for public comments on PacifiCorp's plans to mitigate toxic leaks from coal ash ponds at power plants in Wyoming is Aug. 26, and environmental groups are urging people to put their opinions on record. Coal ash is the byproduct of coal burned for generating elect

A watchdog group discovered that proposed changes to the 11-state Greater Sage Grouse Management Plan closely mirrored requests by an oil and gas industry group, with documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. (Max Pixel)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Department of the Interior has taken steps to restrict public-records requests allowed through the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal would allow the agency to deny requests that it deems "burdensome" or "vague," and officials at the agency say it's necessary because

Nearly four in five voters surveyed support incentives for Wyoming farmers and ranchers to conserve wildlife habitat on their lands, while at the same time operating as a working farm or ranch. (NPS)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming voters overwhelmingly support a balanced approach to conservation, according to a new survey. Scott Zimmerman, a government affairs representative with Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, says the results confirm that residents want clean air, responsible energy developmen

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

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

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

The drop in prices for renewable energy could turn almost $1 trillion in natural gas infrastructure investments into stranded assets. (Pexels)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – After looking back at the history of shale gas extraction in the United States, international development and trade experts say hydraulic fracturing should be approached with caution by countries considering ways to meet growing energy demands. Mitch Jones, a senior policy a

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