PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 

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About 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within half a mile of gas and oil infrastructure. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state's ability to protect its citizens from pollution. Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that ar

DEP estimates the natural gas industry emitted 115,000 tons of methane in Pennsylvania in 2014.  (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates are concerned that a bill in the state Senate would undermine efforts to control a major contributor to climate change. Over a 20-year time period, methane, the main component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse ga

Allegheny County fails to meet federal clean-air standards for smog. (Edlitwin/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH - Nine environmental and health organizations are urging the quick finalization of an air pollution permit that would significantly reduce smog-forming emissions from the Cheswick power plant. More than a thousand community members signed a petition supporting the draft permit. According

People living near fracked gas wells are four times more likely to experience an asthma attack. (Kelly/

PHILADELPHIA - A coalition of organizations is helping parents learn about the hazards fracking may pose to children, and how to organize to protect their kids. Pennsylvania accounts for nearly 40 percent of the shale gas produced in the United States. Thousands of wells have been drilled, some clos

Allegheny County often violates federal standards for safe smog levels. (phillq23/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH - A draft permit for the Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Allegheny County would require the plant to use pollution controls it installed years ago. The plant has had a full set of pollution controls since 2010, and controls for smog-forming nitrogen oxides, or NOx, since 2003. But it c

Protesters say the greatest crisis facing humanity is global climate change. (Green Justice Philly)

PHILADELPHIA - Thousands will be marching in the streets of Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, calling for a The full report can be read online Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking and Food and Water Watch, the march has been endorsed by more th

Ethane cracking plants release tons of smog causing compounds into the air.  (Secl/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

PITTSBURGH -- An ethane cracker plant planned for Beaver County may bring about 600 jobs to the area, but residents fear it will also bring health problems. The multibillion dollar plant will turn ethane into ethylene, a basic ingredient in many plastics. But environmentalists point out the facility

Advocates say coal-leasing reform must take climate change into account. (Sierra Club)

PITTSBURGH -- Community leaders, environmentalists and public health advocates rallied in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Interior to reform the federal coal-leasing program. During a public listening session, they said the program is broken, outdated and ignores the threat

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