The fossil fuel industry is profiteering from the coronavirus pandemic. We’re compiling a list of the ways that oil, gas, and coal companies are trying to profit from the coronavirus pandemic and government bailouts.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Association (PHMSA) has stopped enforcing compliance with its regulations, meaning that it is not monitoring operator qualification or control room management. It has also encouraged state pipeline safety organizations to suspend enforcement of regulations.
TC Energy and other pipeline companies are building “man-camps” to house workers to build new pipeline projects. Man camps are already connected to the rise in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; now they could become hot zones for the coronavirus.