Green groups press Interior and EPA on methane emissions

More than 90 green groups across the U.S. are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas industry operations.

"EPA needs to take immediate steps to produce regulations to directly reduce methane pollution from new and existing equipment from this industry," the groups wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally JewellSarah (Sally) Margaret JewellOvernight Regulation: Senate panel approves driverless car bill | House bill to change joint-employer rule advances | Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rule | Feds delaying Obama methane leak rule Overnight Energy: Dems take on Trump's chemical safety pick GOP chairman probes Zinke’s charter plane use MORE and EPA chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyThe media’s tactics to silence science at Trump’s EPA Overnight Energy: EPA releases ozone findings | Lawmakers come out against Perry grid plan | Kids sue Trump on climate change Congress must come to terms on climate change regulation MORE on Thursday.

The groups include the Clean Air Task Force, Center for Biological Diversity, and National Wildlife Federation.

They go on to say that without firm controls on methane, the nation will not reach the targets laid out by the Obama administration to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The Interior Department must also revise its rules on air pollution from offshore oil and gas sources to accommodate a "fragile" Arctic environment, the letter adds.