Texas sues EPA over methane rule

By Robin Bravender | 03/08/2024 04:14 PM EST

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the challenge the same day the Biden administration regulation was officially published. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23 in National Harbor, Maryland. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Texas filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a major Biden administration climate rule in a federal court.

The Texas lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Circuit, takes aim at EPA’s rule to clamp down on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

EPA announced its final rule in December at global climate talks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, but the regulation wasn’t officially published until Friday, a delay that made some climate advocates anxious. The formal publication in the government’s Federal Register opened the window for lawsuits and set a date for the rule to take effect, which is set to happen May 7.


The Texas lawsuit doesn’t come as a surprise.