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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - NY: Public Lands/Wilderness

More than 7 million acres of grassland and forest has been converted to agricultural production for ethanol production. (GregMontani/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The federal mandate to add ethanol to fuel has led to a big increase in climate disrupting pollution, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires about 17 billion gallons of ethanol, derived mostly from corn, to be blended into

2.5 million acres of the Adirondacks and 300,000 acres of the Catskills are

ALBANY, N.Y. -- With Tuesday's election, New York voters have given state forest preserves some important protection. Voters approved New York's Ballot Proposal 3, clearing the way for the creation of a land bank that will help local communities in the Adirondack and Catskill parks make needed hea

The Atlantic canyons are considered hotspots of biodiversity. (tpsdave/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — President Obama has designated hundreds of millions of acres of federally-owned Atlantic and Arctic waters off-limits to oil and gas leasing. Citing the extreme difficulty of cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, the White House announcement, issued late Tuesday, protects large po

Designating the Boreas Ponds tract as wilderness would supplement the existing High Peaks Wilderness Area. (Sammetsfan/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A coalition of conservation organizations on Monday called on New York State's Adirondack Park Agency to designate the Boreas Ponds area of the park as motor-free wilderness. Sitting well within the boundaries of the park, the tract of land was acquired by the Park Agency this year.

Barges carry volatile Bakken crude oil down the Hudson River to New Jersey refineries.  (Mr.Choppers/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A proposal to establish 10 anchorage points for commercial vessels traveling the Hudson River is coming under fire. The plan would create berths for up to 43 ships and barges between Yonkers and Ulster County. Andy Bicking, director of public policy with the environmental group

A Student tests a water sample from a New York lake to identify the presence of cyanobacteria toxins. (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Chemists at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry are leading the way in protecting New York's lakes. Students and staff are working with a public volunteer program to collect thousands of water samples from more than 130 lakes. They're looking for blue-green

Some animal rights advocates in New York oppose the use of powerful air rifles for hunting big game. (Erdogan Ergun/freeimages)

NEW YORK - New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed amending state law to allow certain air-powered firearms, also known as big bore air rifles to be used for hunting big game. Airguns are already legal for hunting small game in New York such as rabbits or squirrels. But so

The plant was proposed for Haverstraw, N.Y., 3.5 miles from the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station.  (Alexisrael/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Last week's decision by the Public Service Commission to turn down a proposed water desalination plant in Rockland County is being called an important victory for the public good, but some feel it came only after a fight that could have been avoided had the water system not been run by a

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