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Oil industry group asks Trump administration to lessen regulations amid coronavirus

American Petroleum Institute (API) executives wrote to both President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking that they temporarily waive “non-essential compliance obligations” such as record-keeping, training and other non-safety requirements... “The oil and natural gas industry needs to maintain safe and reliable operations, taking into consideration that there may be limited personnel capacity to manage the full scope of the current regulatory requirements." API President wrote... [His] request for regulatory relief to the White House says the industry could benefit from waiving requirements in the departments of Transportation, the Interior, Homeland Security and State, as well as the EPA. 

... Environmental groups, however, have expressed strong opposition to congressional assistance for fossil fuel companies. They have said that assistance should instead go to clean energy producers... The Union of Concerned Scientists said in a tweet that "we can’t use one crisis like #coronavirus to make another crisis like climate change worse."

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