The Associated Press (AP) has found that thousands of oil and gas operations and government facilities got permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions citing COVID-19 pandemic as the cause
The Trump administration made it easier for diluted monitoring on March 26 after being pressured by the oil and gas industry. It said lockdowns and social distancing during the pandemic made it extremely hard for them to comply with anti-pollution rules. States are responsible for maintaining federal environmental laws but many formulated lenient policies for themselves.
APs two-month report found that the administration granted waivers in more than 3,000 cases. It showcased the exceeding majority of requests referring to Coronavirus outbreak as the reason. A hundred such requests were approved for oil and gas companies.
Almost all those waivers have confessed that they did this to reduce risks for workers and the public during the pandemic. Some, although very few, have that reported they were trying to cut costs.