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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - UT: Environmental Justice

The city of Oakland, Calif., has banned coal handling at its port facilities, blocking a plan for producers to use the facility to export Utah coal. (JanHanusSr/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah environmentalists and government watchdogs are cheering a decision by the Oakland city council to ban coal shipments through its port facilities. The decision puts a roadblock in front of plans for Utah producers to ship coal through the California port to overseas markets. But

Environmentalists and others are fighting a plan to ship coal mined in Utah by rail to Oakland for international export. (traveler1116/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - A $53 million plan for Utah to buy a share of a coal-export facility in California is sparking controversy over both funding for the deal and its potential impact on the environment. The complex scheme would send coal mined in Utah by rail to a terminal in Oakland, where it would

Arches National Park is one of Utah's numerous natural resources, but a new survey shows the state's congressional delegation routinely votes against most conservation issues. (National Park Service)

SALT LAKE CITY - Despite coming from one of the top states for natural beauty and resources, the Utah congressional delegation ranks at the bottom in the annual scorecard released by the League of Conservation Voters last week. Utah's four House members and two senators rated a combined 3 percent

A controversial draft bill called the Utah Public Lands Initiative would protect part of the Bear's Ears region but would not make it a national monument as tribes have requested. (Credit: Josh Ewing)

SALT LAKE CITY - Conservation groups are slamming a draft bill called the Utah Public Land Initiative, released Wednesday by Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. The bill would rewrite the rules covering 18 million acres of federal public land in seven counties in eastern Utah. Aaron We

PHOTO: Factory Butte is one of many geographic points of interest in the 2.1 million acres covered by the Richfield Resource Management Plan. Courtesy of BLM.

SALT LAKE CITY - Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on public land is the issue this week in a Salt Lake courtroom. On Tuesday, the first of six Resource Management Plans by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will come under fire from conservation groups. It is a battle that started in 2008, when they f

PHOTO: Utah lawsuits contend counties should have transportation rights-of-way on roads on federal land in the state, even if  like this spot in Kane County  they don't look much like roads. Courtesy of SUWA.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Attorney General's office is at the helm of 30 lawsuits against the federal government, and the first was decided in the state's favor this week. At issue is the state or county seeking a right-of-way - or the right to use - thousands of miles of undeveloped roads and trai

PHOTO: The San Rafael Swell area that straddles Utah and Wyoming is of interest to oil and gas developers, and has been the subject of a two-year court case. Courtesy Bureau of Land Management.

SALT LAKE CITY - Before putting an oil or gas lease up for auction on public land, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is supposed to consider the effects of development on wildlife, water and air quality. Concerns that the BLM had not done a thorough job of that led the Interior Department to put a

PHOTO: Gas wells could be located on the far cliffs in this photo and in the

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's Desolation Canyon wouldn't be quite so desolate with almost 1,300 oil and gas wells drilled in the area. The latest volley in the battle to scale down a project by Gasco, a Colorado-based energy developer, is a lawsuit by conservation groups. They're asking a federal judge t

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