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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Opponents of Spectra Energy's natural gas pipeline plan are marching more than 40 miles today to protest transporting fracked gas into the Bay State. (350 Mass)

BOSTON – Opponents of building new fracking gas pipelines in Massachusetts plan to march more than 40 miles today to call attention to their cause. The march traces the route of the proposed Spectra Energy pipeline, according to Emily Kirkland, director of organizing for the group 350 Mass f

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the North Atlantic for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)

BOSTON - Wildlife protection advocates are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth, off the coast of New England and beyond. The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the boundaries in the North Atlantic for the critically endangered right whale by appro

Kirstie Pecci (center) says residents of Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge are concerned about well water contamination and they don't want state officials to approve the proposed expansion of a local landfill until the source of contamination is determined. (MASSPIRG)

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Put a lid on it. That's the message from residents who live near the proposed expansion of the Southbridge landfill. An environmental review process is underway to expand the waste landfill, but local residents say the existing landfill is already contaminating local well water

PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

BOSTON - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Boston w

PHOTO: The Obama administration’s tough new requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants are being hailed as “bold” by some business leaders in Massachusetts.

BOSTON - Linking global warming to disease, extreme weather and other environmental problems, the EPA has set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants. The standard is stricter than one proposed a year ago, and Michael Green of Boston's Climate Action Liason Coal

PHOTO: The Portland-Maine pipeline, shown here crossing Coos County, NH, is cited in a petition calling on the federal government to issue stricter regulations for transporting tar sands oil from Western Canada across New England and the Midwest.

BOSTON - More than 55 groups and individuals are petitioning the federal government to halt plans to pump corrosive tar-sands oil from Canada to American ports for export. Current regulations are inadequate, they say, and raise the risk of catastrophic spills. They're out to stop both the Keystone

PHOTO: A new report says lobster fisheries in the Gulf of Maine might be the

BOSTON - The New England lobster, under threat from disease and invasive species, may be the "canary in the coal mine" of climate disruption, according to a new report that examines case studies from around the nation about how global warming is altering wildlife habitats. The National Wildlife Fe

A tar sands pipeline that burst in 2010 contaminated Michigan's Kalamazoon River. Protests are being held around New England against using a 62-year-old pipeline to move Canadian tar sands to Portland for export. Photo courtesy NWF

BOSTON - Defying the cold weather, demonstrations, pickets at Massachusetts gas stations, and a march and rally in Portland, Maine, Saturday capped off a week of actions from Canada to Massachusetts aimed at heading off plans to pump corrosive Canadian tar sands oil across New England and into ships

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