Fighting Methane Emissions With the False Claims Act

November 2023
ELR 10814
Patrick Reilly

This Comment argues that the False Claims Act (FCA) can now be used to enforce the Inflation Reduction Act's waste emissions charge and its royalties on vented and flared gas. It first explains why, unlike with other environmental violations, dodging either of these fees can trigger FCA liability. It then examines how two possible groups of plaintiffs—industry employees and outside observers—might discover unreported methane emissions and use the FCA against companies that dodge each of the IRA’s methane fees.

Patrick Reilly is a 2023 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

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