North Dakota sues over new methane rule

By Devin Henry, The Hill.

North Dakota’s attorney general has sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over new methane emission rules at oil and gas facilities. 

In a filing in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the state said it considers the new rule “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and not in accordance with law."

The EPA's rule, part of an Obama administration strategy to reduce methane emissions, sets new standards for methane leaks related to natural gas extraction, including drilling and pumping, at new or modified gas wells. The EPA published the rule in the Federal Register in June.