Texas Continues Fight Against EPA

Texas – A federal appeals court has lifted a brief stay granted to Texas to keep the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from taking over greenhouse gas permitting in Texas.

Texas had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Dec. 30 to block the EPA from taking over the permitting until the court could review the case. The appeals court on the same day had temporarily blocked the EPA from taking over the permits as it was set to on Jan. 2.

But the court lifted the stay Wednesday, saying "petitioners have not satisfied the stringent standards required for a stay pending court review."

Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, says that the state "will continue to challenge the EPA's unlawful overreach."

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