PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - WV: Environment

The outdoor recreation industry says public lands are key to West Virginia's economic future.<br />(Birthplace of Rivers/Sam Taylor)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – With the Trump administration shrinking national monuments out West, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., remains evasive about the public lands some say could be key to West Virginia's future. The U.S. Interior Department announced late last year that it is shrinking two Utah nat

After growing for a decade, American natural-gas consumption fell sharply in 2017, to the surprise of many observers. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Government figures show a surprising drop in natural-gas use in the United States last year. Despite a growing economy, overall energy demand was down slightly in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired electricity continued its long-term

While West Virginia mineral owners often focus on getting a fair price from drillers for their natural gas, surface land owners are often more concerned about the impact of the big, industrial scale drilling operations. (WV Sierra Club)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a contentious public hearing and changes by the House Judiciary Committee, a West Virginia surface owners group is now in favor of a gas-pooling bill. A central provision of what supporters call co-tenancy legislation would let drillers take the natural gas from a l

The only true old-growth forest in the West Virginia state park system is in Cathedral State Park. (West Virginia State Parks)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The numbers in a plan to log West Virginia state parks don't add up, according to a retired forester and administrator. Gov. Jim Justice is backing legislation designed to put money in the under-funded state park system through selective cutting. Robert Beanblossom retire

According to Duke University researchers, even after it's been treated, oil and gas wastewater will leave radioactive deposits when released into the surface water. (Avner Vengosh)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over time, treated oil and gas wastewater is leaving radioactive deposits in the stream beds where it is released, scientists have found. A team of Duke University researchers found highly elevated levels of radium in the mud where three Pennsylvania treatment plants rele

Veterans, including West Virginia's Matt Kearns, are calling on another vet, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to protect public lands. (Chad Cordell)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Twelve hundred veterans - more than 1,000 of them former officers - are calling on the White House to better protect national monuments and other public lands. The vets have signed a letter to President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, urging them to "maint

Natural gas wells are known to be sources of problematic air pollution, and may be causing issues in developing fetuses. (Egan Jimenez/The Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Babies born to women who lived next to fracked gas wells during their pregnancies are more likely to have a low birth weight. That’s the finding of a new study from Princeton University. Researchers compared standard birth-weight records collected by Pennsylvania h

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks West Virginia 47th among states in terms of energy efficiency. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – An important West Virginia energy efficiency program looks likely to survive a challenge at the Public Service Commission. PSC staff had questioned the cost effectiveness of the program that American Electric Power runs for consumers of Allegheny Energy and Wheeling Powe

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