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.

Kern River Oil Field

Underground Injection: Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal and Enhanced Recovery

The majority of oil and gas wastewater in California is injected underground putting our aquifers at risk.

Texas Messing With Texas: New Report Find Railroad Commission Fails to Protect Drinking Water from the Oil and Gas Industry

“The failure of the Texas Railroad Commission to implement federally mandated Safe Drinking Water Act protections leaves Texans in the dark about the security of their underground sources of drinking water," said David Foster,  Clean Water Action Texas State Director

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The Chilling Effect of Oil and Gas Money on Our Democracy

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

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US Map with Aquifer Exemptions plotted

Sacrificing Water for Oil and Gas Profit

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. 

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.