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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.

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During the Trump administration, oil and gas companies acquired more than 7,000 federal drilling permits and stockpiled more than 13 million acres of oil and gas leases on public lands. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A legal battle is unfolding over the Biden administration's pause on oil and gas lease sales on public lands. Wyoming and industry groups filed lawsuits to block the move in federal court, and last week 21 farmers, ranchers, conservation, recreation and tribal groups countered wit

The Safe Drinking Water Act prohibits the injection of oil and gas wastewater into potential drinking water supplies. (Rawpixel/Pxhere)

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SHOSHONI, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reject Aethon Energy's plans to inject up to 30,000 barrels of fracking wastewater per day into the Madison Aquifer as it expands drilling on public lands. In November, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commi

States that expanded Medicaid coverage have seen improved rates for colorectal, prostate and cervical cancer screenings compared with non-expansion states. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Senate has until Wednesday to advance the Medical Treatment Opportunity Act, which cleared the House last week. The measure would expand Medicaid coverage, giving 24,000 low-income residents access to health insurance, including roughly 3,000 people diagnosed with canc

If House Bill 11 becomes law, oil and gas producers would be able to claim severance-tax exemptions when prices are low, and high. (Arek Socha/Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill that would cut severance taxes paid by oil and gas companies from 6% to 3%. Proponents argue the move will attract new drilling to the state as the industry rebounds from last year's oil-price crash. Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, agreed the mi

Industry groups warn banning new oil and gas leases on public lands will cause significant drops in state tax revenues in Wyoming and seven other western states, and lead to the loss of more than 55,000 jobs. (Snappy Goat/Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Western Energy Alliance sued to block the Biden administration's moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands, but conservationists say the move is long overdue. Jayson O'Neill, spokesperson for the watchdog group Accountable.US, said companies have been stockpiling le

Sage grouse populations have continued to decline in Wyoming. The 2020 lek count of some 19,000 birds is less than half of the lek count of over 43,000 recorded just four years ago. (Picasa/Flickr)

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups may take the federal Bureau of Land Management to court after the agency announced its final decision on the Converse County oil and gas project over the winter holidays. The move authorizes 5,000 new oil and gas wells to be drilled in protected sage grouse hab

Gillette has invested $200 million in a 42-mile pipeline to tap the Madison Aquifer, which is expected to supply drinking water to the city's 32,000 residents. (Vasiliymeshko/Wikimedia Commons)

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This article was updated with corrections on Dec. 31, 2020. GILLETTE, Wyo. -- Conservation groups are sounding the alarm as the Trump administration moves to fast-track approval for several controversial oil and gas initiatives, including one that could impact the Madison aquifer east of Riverton.

Smoke from wildfires can cause inflammation, irritate the lungs and affect the immune system. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wildfires are becoming more common and severe due to climate change and its warmer and drier conditions, in Wyoming and across the West. Now, health experts are warning people exposed to wildfire smoke also are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection. Cheryl Pirozzi, a pulmonary

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