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PNS Daily Newscast - July 22, 2019 


As the weekend heatwave subsides, a report predicts more killer heat in the future; Democrats continue to push for articles of impeachment against Trump; and could a House bill be a watershed moment for wildlife conservation?

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Public News Service - WY: Climate Change/Air Quality

More than 17 million people live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, including more than 2 million children and elderly people - groups especially vulnerable to air pollution and contaminated water. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Physicians' groups are sounding the alarm on the health risks posed by hydraulic fracturing, and have published a compendium of scientific evidence that they say confirms the damage caused by fracking operations. Joel Minor, associate attorney with the group Earthjustice, sa

A proposed project in Converse County could lead to the extraction of 94 million barrels of oil and 5.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. (Pixabay)

CASPER, Wyo. — Conservationists are calling on the Bureau of Land Management to consider air quality and methane waste before green-lighting a project in Converse County that would add some 5,000 new oil and gas wells in eastern Wyoming - an area not currently protected by the same state air p

Wyoming already has trespassing laws, but new state legislation would make it a felony to trespass at oil and gas operations. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A bill making its way through the Wyoming Legislature would make it a crime to impede "critical infrastructure," including oil and gas pipelines, storage facilities and refineries. Critics of Senate File 74 say it's an effort to silence public opposition to projects like the

The Colorado River, currently enduring a 17-year drought, supplies drinking water to some 40 million people and drives $1.4 trillion in economic activity across seven states. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers heard arguments on Friday for contributing some $73 million toward a dam project in the southwestern part of the state. Water developers say a 280-foot-tall dam on the West Fork of Battle Creek would ultimately contribute an equal amount in public benefits,

The BLM has been asked to quantify how much CO2 would be released by mining projects in its Environmental Impact Statements. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – At least 30 coal workers could get to keep their jobs after a U.S. District Court ruled this week that Signal Peak Energy can continue operations near Billings, Mont. The decision allows Signal to mine 170,000 tons of coal, but the company can't move it or sell it until the B

In the time since Jonah Energy started inspecting for and repairing leaks, methane emissions dropped by 75 percent and the company saved $5 million worth of natural gas. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As the Trump administration makes good on its promises to roll back protections in the energy sector, mineral-rights owners are looking to state governments to help save royalty earnings from natural-gas reserves. Maggie McKenzie, a land and mineral-rights owner in southeast

Clearing federal permitting hurdles is a big challenge for delivering Wyoming's renewable energy to markets across state lines. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming is again at a crossroads when it comes to helping the nation meet its energy needs, according to an investigative report by the Casper Star Tribune. Reporter Heather Richards, who interviewed state and industry leaders along with academic experts, found demand for Wy

On Wednesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lifted a moratorium on new coal leases, but only 38 percent of Trump voters think coal should be a priority. (Gage_Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- President Donald Trump's energy policies, promising a new era of job creation by shoring up fossil fuels, could put the brakes on renewable energy - the energy sector's largest job creator. Connie Wilbert, president of the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter, points to new analysis of

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