News Roundups

Bankruptcies, PPP running out, and more

Daily news headlines about the stimulus and recovery from July 23, 2020.

Daily news headlines about the stimulus and recovery from July 23, 2020.

‘It is going to be brutal’: What to expect as oil and gas majors unveil their second-quarter results

Oil and gas majors are likely to report “horrendous” second-quarter results over the next two weeks, energy analysts have told CNBC, with the three-month period through to the end of June widely expected to mark the “low point” of 2020.

“Big Oil” companies, referring to the world’s largest oil and gas majors, witnessed a historic fall in oil and gas prices during the second quarter as coronavirus lockdown restrictions coincided with an unprecedented demand shock.

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Coal Company Rhino Resource Partners Files For Bankruptcy

Kentucky-based coal company Rhino Resource Partners LP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, joining a growing list of Ohio Valley coal producers seeking financial restructuring as the U.S. coal industry continues to struggle.

According to court documents, the company and its subsidiaries currently employ about 550 workers at underground and surface mines located in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Utah. In 2019, Rhino Resources produced about 3.2 million tons of coal.

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‘A Band-Aid on a bullet wound’: Workers are getting laid off anew as PPP runs out

The phone stopped ringing at the Nelsons’ auto-body shop in Broomfield, Colo., in March.

The normal four-to-six-week wait for customers looking to have dents or bumps fixed on their cars disappeared, leaving the shop silent. Tammy Nelson and her husband, Scott, applied in April for a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program — the federal government’s chaotic $660 billion aid program meant to help businesses and their workers stay afloat.

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Foreign-Owned Regulatory Violators Found Among PPP Recipients

The massive Paycheck Protection Program was depicted as a necessary measure to save American small businesses, yet the list of recipients of the forgivable loans released by the Treasury Department contains numerous companies that are neither small nor American.

These include firms such as Jindal Saw USA LLC and JSW Steel (US) Inc., two affiliates of the Jindal Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate owned by one of India’s wealthiest families. JSW Steel’s investments in the United States have been touted by Donald Trump, though the company later sued the U.S. Commerce Department when it was denied permission to import steel from India without paying a steep tariff.

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