Oil and gas lobby sues EPA over biofuel mandate

Nearly two weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency rejected waivers for state governors seeking relief from the agency’s biofuel-blending mandates, the oil and gas industry’s main lobbying group has sued the agency over its “unworkable” and “overzealous” biodiesel mandate.

“EPA’s overzealous 2013 biodiesel mandate is unworkable, could raise the costs of making diesel fuel, and should be reduced,” Bob Greco, downstream director at the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters.

The American Petroleum Institute filed the lawsuit against the EPA with the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. late on Monday over the agency’s decision to mandate that 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel be used in 2013 — a 28 percent increase from last year’s requirement.

Read more at The Daily Caller. By Michael Bastasch.

Photo credit: Steve Rhodes (Creative Commons)


  1. It is time for the governors to tell EPA to shove it with their biofuels mandate. Instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on lawyers fighting lawsuits spend the cost of a postage stamp and send a letter informing EPA of the sovereign rights of states.

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