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America’s energy industry has been dealt a severe blow by the COVID-19 pandemic, accompanying shutdowns, and an international price war that sent oil prices to record lows. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are trying to determine the path forward through the recovery process, a debate that will affect oil and natural gas producers nationwide, even as the debate largely focuses around alternative energy.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is encouraging people to practice social distancing in the great outdoors, announcing that it was temporarily suspending entrance fees for public lands across the country. While this is good news for the broader public, the possibility of a surge of visitors underscores the need to adequately fund park maintenance—a problem the U.S. Senate appeared on the verge of addressing before the epidemic reached the U.S.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens throughout the United States, the oil and natural gas industry across the West is working to support local communities struggling with economic and health challenges.