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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - FL: Water

The public comment period on renewing offshore drilling runs through Aug. 17. (doi.gov)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Just a couple of days are left to comment on a plan by the Trump administration to undo Obama-era protections for the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. President Trump has vowed to take steps to reopen the ocean territories to oil and gas drilling, saying it would boost the econo

Rising sea levels along Florida coastlines have been one topic at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Miami Beach this weekend. (David Parsons/iStockphoto)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – If the federal government won't take the lead on climate change - local cities will. That's the message from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, wrapping up today in Miami Beach. Hundreds of mayors from across the U.S., including more than a dozen from Florida, swapped ideas o

The health of the Apalachicola ecosystem is the subject of a lawsuit. (Florida Department of Environmental Protection)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Spanning three states and ending in the Gulf of Mexico, the Apalachicola ecosystem is one of the most significant in the Western Hemisphere, which is why environmental groups are fighting for its survival in court. The federal lawsuit alleges that the way the U.S. Army Co

Opponents of the Sabal Trail Pipeline say it will damage environmentally sensitive areas of Florida and put drinking water at risk. (WWALS Watershed Coalition)

LIVE OAK, Fla. – As a small group holds vigil near the Suwannee River in north Florida, a growing chorus of voices across the state and online is speaking out against the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline. Plans call for the 515-mile natural gas pipeline to tunnel under forests, wetlands, ranche

Opponents of a proposed pipeline across Florida, Georgia and Alabama are hoping to halt its construction with a lawsuit. (ReubenGBrewer/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A controversial plan to build a $3 billion gas pipeline through the heart of Florida has hit a snag, as three groups have filed

The Turkey Point power station is the subject of a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit. (Fred Ward/U.S. National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons)

MIAMI – Environmental advocates are wading into legal waters in an effort to protect Biscayne Bay from what they say is ongoing pollution from a Florida utility. The Turkey Point power plant outside Miami pumps millions of gallons of fresh water into canals each day to cool its two nuclear r

Advocates fear the impact of oil testing in the Big Cypress National Preserve. (M. Schwartz)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse sites in the state, but many who love it say it's not being preserved the way it should. The National Park Service recently authorized seismic testing in the preserve, a process that involves mu

Dedicated funding for Everglades restoration projects has been 16 years in the making. (Fred Ward/Wikimedia Commons)

MAITLAND, Fla. – Conservation groups are praising the Florida Legislature's $200 million funding for projects in the Everglades. Everglades restoration projects have been under way for a few years now, but they lacked a stable source of funding, which groups have been working on for about 16

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