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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - TX: Energy Policy

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline would transport natural gas across a 148-mile stretch of West Texas to Mexico, including tunneling under the Rio Grande River. (struvictory/iStockphoto)

ALPINE, Texas – A recent victory by protesters in North Dakota to stop a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired West Texas environmental groups that oppose a similar project. Protesters of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, including the Big Bend Defense Coalition, have recently escalated

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

Native Americans and environmental groups protest at the Houston headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the contractor building Dakota Access and other pipeline projects. (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance)

HOUSTON – A coalition of environmental groups and Native American activists has taken protests over a controversial pipeline to the Houston offices of the company building the project. Dressed in traditional tribal garb, chanting and dancing to native drums, dozens gathered this week at the h

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

Texas has become the largest producer of wind energy in the nation. (mj0007/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to renewable energy, but the Lone Star State leads the nation in wind power. How a state built on oil and gas has moved to the top of the heap took good planning and knowing which way and where the wind blows. Cyrus

A new study of bike-share programs in Sun Belt cities shows the majority of rides are replacing other modes of transportation. Credit: Seraphimblade/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - More people are sharing bicycles to meet their daily transportation needs and people living in Sun Belt cities are also using bike-share programs for recreation according to a new report from Rice University. Kelsey Walker, research fellow and report co-author with Rice's Kinder I

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