Manchin, Capito air new EPA methane fee complaints

By Emma Dumain | 03/27/2024 01:54 PM EDT

The West Virginia senators are blasting the agency, saying a new proposal for cutting methane emissions would raise costs and “sow regulatory confusion.”

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (left) and Joe Manchin (center) at the Capitol in 2022. Pool photo by Tom Williams

West Virginia’s senators are again challenging EPA over its efforts to reduce methane emissions.

Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito separately wrote EPA administrator Michael Regan this week raising concerns about delays and costs for businesses as EPA seeks to cut down on methane — a noxious, planet-warming greenhouse gas.

In their letters, Manchin, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Capito, ranking member of Environment and Public Works, outlined numerous issues with how EPA is carrying out two separate and complex rules under the Methane Emissions Reduction Program.


“I am profoundly disheartened that instead of prioritizing genuine emissions reduction efforts, these rules seem intended to serve as yet another avenue to raise the costs of domestic energy production, disregarding the laws actually passed by Congress,” wrote Manchin, who helped negotiate the methane provisions contained in the Inflation Reduction Act.