Wisconsin joins lawsuit against EPA methane rules

Categorized in: NAAQS, Wisconsin

Wisconsin has joined with 12 other states to file a lawsuit that would block the EPA’s new rules to limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas production.

Here is part of what West Virginia (another participant in the court action) Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said about the rules:

The rules are a solution in search of a problem and ignore the industry’s success in voluntarily reducing methane emissions from these sources to a 30-year low.

When the methane rules were announced last spring, the American Petroleum Institute expressed concerns that they might actually result in increased GHG emissions:

It doesn’t make sense that the administration would add unreasonable and overly burdensome regulations when the industry is already leading the way in reducing emissions. Imposing a one-size-fits-all scheme on the industry could actually stifle innovation and discourage investments in new technologies that could serve to further reduce emissions.

Energy Citizens applauds Wisconsin’s part in this effort.