Exposing Aquifer Exemptions

We are working to ensure that aquifers that could be used for drinking water are not sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry. Aquifer exemptions prioritize the fossil fuel industry over drinking water by writing off groundwater forever.

Aquifer Exemptions: The Report

Aquifer Exemptions: Sacrificing Groundwater for Oil and Gas Production

The Aquifer Exemption program in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source. 

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Clean Water Currents - Fall 2016

Clean Water Currents - Fall 2016

EPA Bans Discharge of Fracking Wastewater from Sewage Plants

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Why is Texas Oil & Gas Wastewater Being Injected in Sources of Drinking Water?

Oil and gas companies in Texas have been injecting wastewater and other fluids in potential drinking water sources with a green light from the Railroad Commission.

Groups Petition EPA to Stop Letting Industry Dump Chemicals, Waste in Potential Drinking Water Sources

In light of elevated concern about drinking water, the public has a right to expect that sacrificing any potential drinking water source would be subject to the highest level of scrutiny.

From We All Live Downstream

April 4, 2016

California recently became the poster child for problems with oil and gas injection wells.

US Map with Aquifer Exemptions plotted
March 25, 2016

On March 23, we sent a legal petition to EPA requesting the Agency revoke or amend its rules governing Aquifer Exemptions.

Kern River Oil Field in California. Photo credit: Andrew Grinberg / Clean Water Action
January 3, 2016

Highlights from some of Clean Water's favorite insights and developments this year in the world of oil and gas, drinking water protection and climate change.