Legal fight grows over EPA’s methane rule

By Niina H. Farah | 05/15/2024 07:00 AM EDT

Fossil fuel groups and Republican attorneys general are aiming to block the rule’s implementation.

Flared natural gas being burned off in the Permian Basin.

Flared natural gas being burned off in the Permian Basin. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A coalition of fossil fuel groups has joined a legal battle over EPA’s plans to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and 21 allied trade groups are the latest to oppose the first-of-a-kind regulation requiring oil and gas companies to use equipment upgrades and leak detection to address emissions of the greenhouse gas. The final rule, which was published in the Federal Register in March, also covers volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

The plan is part of the Biden administration’s push to finalize a slew of rules implementing the president’s climate goals, including new standards for coal and gas-fired power plants.


According to the Western Energy Alliance, one of the members of the IPAA-led coalition, the methane rule exceeds EPA’s authority.