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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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A swimmer prepares to dive into the cold, clear water of the pool at Balmorhea State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife photo)

ALPINE, Texas – Environmentalists are deeply concerned over plans by a Texas oil company to drill thousands of wells near iconic Balmorhea State Park in the Big Bend region. Houston-based Apache Corporation has leased 300,000 acres surrounding the environmentally sensitive park and plans to us

A new report says oil and gas operations on University of Texas System public lands are a major source of methane emissions. (bashta/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Environmental groups, professors and students are demanding that the University of Texas System reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities on its public lands. A new analysis says the 9,000 oil and gas wells drilled on university land in West Texas are a major contri

A new study finds that implementation of the Clean Power Plan could significantly lower Texans' energy bills over the next 15 years. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Without changes in the way electricity is produced and how it is used, a new study says Texans will likely see a 49 percent increase in their electric bills over the next 15 years. But the report from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that implementing the Obama admin

Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations contribute to climate change. (MajaPhoto/iStock)
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AUSTIN, Texas - Five regions of Texas, including the massive Permian Basin and the Gulf Coast Basin, are among the areas of the country experiencing the most methane pollution leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. According to the Center for American Progress, 11 companies

A new mapping tool pinpoints the locations of Texas oil and gas facilities within a half-mile radius of homes, neighborhoods, schools and hospitals. (Aneese/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 1.5 million Texans live within one-half mile of oil and gas facilities that can release toxic emissions that are threats to health and the environment. A new mapping tool from Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force pinpoints the locations of almost 400,000 oil and gas faci

Chemical plants in Texas release tons of deadly toxins and carcinogens each year through breakdowns and maintenance errors, according to a new report. (DanielAzocar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Preventable breakdowns and maintenance errors are causing chemical plants across Texas to spew tons of toxic substances into the air each year, according to a new report. The Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas report said that despite the release of deadly substan

View of lower Pine Spring Canyon and the Guadalupe Peak Trail from Hunter Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Texas is battling the EPA over regulations designed to control haze in the park. (National Park Service)

AUSTIN, Texas - The state of Texas has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for rejecting the state's haze reduction plan for national parks in the far western parts of the state. The suit marks the 24th time Texas has brought legal action against the EPA over regulatory issues since Pre

Wild bee habitat is on the decline in many of the country's most important farmlands, according to a new report. (Derek Keats/Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Wild bee populations in the U.S. are disappearing in many of the country's most important farmlands, including West Texas, California's Central Valley, and the Great Plains and California's Central Valley according to a national study led by the University of Vermont. Taylor Ricke

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