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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


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Public News Service - OH: Energy Policy

Taxpayers are expected to earn $800 million in royalties from captured natural gas over the next decade. (Ted Auch/FracTracker.org)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new rule that would rein in methane pollution from natural gas and oil wells on public lands in Ohio and other states is facing an uncertain fate. The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Reduction Rule was finalized in November, and it requires companies to

Climate marches in several Ohio cities were held Saturday in solidarity with similar actions across the nation marking Trump's 100th day. (Garry Knight/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office this weekend, saying his administration "has brought profound change to Washington.” While they agree the change has been profound, environmental groups say it's been anything but positive, especially regarding policies th

Ratepayers could be asked to help an Ohio utility with the costs of its aging nuclear power plants. (lakecountyohio.org)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Opposition is mounting to a plan to charge Ohioans to bail out one company's aging nuclear power plants. Senate Bill 128 in the Ohio Legislature would add a charge to people's electric bills to subsidize plants owned by FirstEnergy, a company that provides power to about 2 millio

Ohio's Winter Crisis Program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Winter Crisis Program just wrapped up what may be its final season. The program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. It's part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – one of the many programs o

The Ohio House of Representatives could vote on a bill by the end of March that would dilute the state's clean-energy standards. (Alexander Smith/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Standards still thawing after a two-year freeze, there's another clash brewing over clean energy at the Statehouse. The House Public Utilities Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on House Bill 114. It would change the renewab

Thirteen public water systems were found to be within a half-mile of Class II waste disposal wells in Ohio. (FracTracker Alliance)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The importance of safe drinking water has become a pressing issue in recent years after lead contamination and algal blooms tainted supplies in Ohio. A new report sheds light on what some see as another possible threat: oil and gas drilling. Great Lakes program coordinator f

Scientists say global warming is causing climate changes that already are affecting Ohioans.  (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Folks in the scientific community in Ohio and elsewhere are scratching their heads over comments made by the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt, sworn in as EPA administrator just weeks ago, told reporters on Thursday that carbon dioxide is not a major so

Portions of the Clean Air Act could be eliminated under measures now being considered in Congress. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health and environmental groups are speaking out about what they say are efforts by Congress behind closed doors to gut important public safeguards. The Midnight Rule Relief Act, which passed the House last week, could eliminate with a single vote any rule finalized in the l

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