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 JewellSally JewellDon’t rewrite the rules to mine next to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Outdoor gear companies take on Trump Overnight Regulation: Trump administration lifts Obama freeze on federal coal mining MORE and EPA chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyLiberal group files lobbying complaint against Pruitt Trump’s budget prioritizes polluters over people Trump pulls US out of Paris deal: What it would mean 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.