Republicans target EPA efforts to curb methane — again

By Emma Dumain | 04/12/2024 01:46 PM EDT

Resolutions in both the House and Senate would undo administration rulemaking.

Republicans at oil rig.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) during an oil rig visit in Midland, Texas, last month. Pfluger is sponsoring a resolution against EPA methane rulemaking. @SpeakerJohnson/X

Republicans are looking to overturn yet another EPA rule through the Congressional Review Act, this one relating to methane reporting mandates.

On Thursday, GOP lawmakers introduced companion CRA resolutions in both the House and Senate targeting the agency’s final regulation last month requiring energy producers to use third-party technology to report methane emissions to EPA through a newly established “super-emitter” program.

It’s part of a larger suite of rules from the Biden administration to clamp down on the dangerously potent greenhouse gas. But critics are calling the rule overly burdensome and unworkable for small producers.


This action in particular is being scrutinized by Republican opponents for new requirements that could force operators with limited funds to invest in the monitoring technology to stay in compliance with the updated reporting guidelines.