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PNS Weekend Newscast - July 22nd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - VA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Trump administration is starting the process of unwinding an Obama wetlands rule. (Peter Pearsall/USFWS)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Trump administration is starting the formal process of rolling back the Clean Water Rule. Conservationists say that could hurt the drinking water of a 117 million Americans. In 2015 the Obama administration clarified which headwaters and wetlands would be protected by th

Organizers say a Virginia Beach protest against offshore drilling represents the will of the people and businesses of that community. (Chris Bergand/Andrew Tuchman/Oceana)

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 150 people took to the sand in Virginia Beach on Saturday to protest plans to expand offshore drilling. The Trump administration has indicated it wants to roll back Obama-era moves to make large portions of the Atlantic off limits to oil and gas exploration. Jeff Staples

The shad, an iconic fish in Virginia, has been denied saltwater protections. (Shermon Foote Denton)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Fishery regulators have refused to put ocean catch limits on shad and river herring, drawing criticism from recreational fishermen and conservationists in Virginia and across the nation. The iconic fish now are under badly needed protections for the parts of their lives they spend

The new “Changing Tides” report details the threats of climate change to Chesapeake Bay species like the Bay Scallop, and to the people who depend on them. (NWF/Seascout)

RICHMOND, Va. – Climate change is already hitting wildlife and communities on the East Coast, according to a new report. Conservationists say its effects on the Chesapeake Bay mean Virginia has to cut carbon emissions. The National Wildlife Federation research looks at wildlife and recreation

Federal regulators are moving forward with several huge gas pipeline projects despite criticism that natural gas is fast becoming an outmoded power source. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. – Federal regulators are moving forward with huge pipeline projects across Virginia and West Virginia, although opponents say the projects are risking overbuilding and locking in a fuel that causes climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC confirmed it w

An event in Richmond will focus on conservation and trees. (Beth Little)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national conservation leader is coming to Richmond tonight to talk trees and other living things. National Wildlife Federation president and CEO, Collin O'Mara will address a Toast to the Trees event at Stone Brewing Company. The organizers will be giving out native dogwood and red

Conservationists say they are frustrated that Congress has failed to reauthorize a conservation fund with long-standing bipartisan support. Credit: Live Monumental Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. - Congress' failure to reauthorize a popular land and water fund is drawing bipartisan scorn from Virginia conservationists. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has taken money from offshore oil and gas royalties. It gives grants to protect and improve everything

Opponents are calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of four huge proposed natural gas pipelines on national forest land and the endangered Cow Knob salamander. Credit: Steve David Johnson

RICHMOND, Va. – Four natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia and West Virginia would cross national forest land, raising concerns about the environmental impact. Opponents say the competing pipeline companies are racing to lock in eastern markets. According to the U.S. Forest Service,

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