The U.S. oil and gas industry is seeing signs that the federal government has taken steps to prevent further disruptions of production, as part of a major effort to boost job growth.
The industry is hoping the government’s latest budget, which takes effect Monday, will help them make more money and create more jobs in a time of uncertainty.
More than 1,500 oil and natural gas drilling jobs were lost in 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Many were temporary positions, such as maintenance workers and construction crews, which have become more difficult as drilling ramps up in the Gulf Coast.
The government has also created a pipeline management task force to monitor oil and chemical pipeline work, and plans to offer $1,000 incentives to oil and other natural gas companies for reducing their reliance on infrastructure, according a statement on the task force’s website.
The U.N. agency is also working to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and has begun an investigation into whether companies have been engaging in bribery and kickbacks to help obtain permits.
has been the world’s biggest polluter for years.
Last week, the U.K. government announced it was investigating whether companies had taken bribes to approve pipelines that were built in the past to bypass local environmental authorities.
report comes amid a growing awareness of the problem of oil pipelines and the threat of climate change, as oil production in the U,P.
and Caspian seas rises.
The United States is now the world leader in oil production, but the oil and pipeline sector is seeing record production in recent years as countries around the world continue to cut carbon emissions and make investments in renewable energy.