Drummond champions oil & gas, sues EPA over new power plant rule

Saturday, 11 May 2024 17:06

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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 10, 2024) -- In his latest effort to defend fossil fuel companies from the Biden Administration’s attacks, Attorney General Gentner Drummond has filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review and declare unlawful the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently released new rule on existing coal, natural gas and oil-fired power plants.

The rule would force power plants fueled by coal or natural gas to capture smokestack emissions or shut down. Under the rule, these plants would be regulated under the Clean Air Act and face more stringent emissions standards. The rule ignored a 2022 rebuke from the U.S. Supreme Court in West Virginia v. EPA, which warned that EPA should not use a narrow regulatory provision to force coal-fired power plants into retirement en masse.

“This is another instance of federal overreach by the Biden Administration and yet another attack on Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry,” Drummond said. “This rule will significantly injure businesses and harm families by cutting jobs and dramatically raising energy costs. I will never stop fighting against the Biden Administration’s dangerous federal overreach, and I will always defend American oil and gas production.”

He said Congress has not given EPA clear statutory authorization to remake the electricity grids, which means the agency cannot sidestep Congress to exercise broad regulatory power that would radically transform the nation’s energy grids—and force states to fundamentally shift their energy portfolios away from fossil fuel-fired generation.

The suit is being led by West Virginia and Indiana. Also joining the litigation are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

Read a copy of the petition here.

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