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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - WY: Water

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.

A new report calls on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to establish oil and gas bonds based on the actual cost of reclamation at each well. (Simon Fraser University)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming could see hundreds of oil and gas wells abandoned as over-leveraged operators declare bankruptcy, according to a new report. The report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils says historically low oil prices and falling demand because of coronavirus restrictions

Scientists say regenerative farming practices that don't use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides can help capture more carbon from the atmosphere and create healthier soil for crops. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Agriculture is the fourth-largest producer of climate pollution. Now farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. have launched a campaign urging Congress to pass a Green New Deal that supports regenerative family farming and ranching practices over industrial-scale agribusiness.

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

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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

Many pollinator species have migration routes that cover hundreds and even thousands of miles. (Publicdomainpictures)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming's first public Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden, a converted stretch of lawn in front of the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities building, officially launched this week. Organizers hope the blossoming flowers, strawberries and drought-resistant plants and grasses wil

Nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from farms currently is the single largest source of pollution in U.S. waterways. (USDA)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Time is running out for public comments on a federal proposal to lift pollution controls on certain smaller streams and bodies of water, including thousands of miles of Wyoming waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency says Clean Water Act protection should no longer ap

Data collected by researchers show that the majority of streams on public lands are contaminated by fecal bacteria from livestock. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Environmental watchdog groups are eager to get back in the field after a Wyoming federal district court this week struck down so-called data trespass laws. Erik Molvar, executive director of the Western Watersheds Project, says by threatening citizens with jail time for coll

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

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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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