Protect Water and Communities from Oil and Gas

Clean Water Action works to protect water, health, climate and communities from oil and gas while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy. We work to secure the strongest possible protections to limit the impacts of oil and gas development and to end the special treatment for the fossil fuel industry at the local, state, and national levels.

EPA takes the Next Big Step to Regulate Oil and Gas Methane Pollution

Methane is too potent to ignore - the United States can't fight climate change without dealing with the methane pollution from the hundreds of thousands of existing oil and gas wells and facilities across the country.c

Clean Water Currents | Spring 2016

Clean Water Currents Spring 2016

In this issue: Putting Drinking Water First; EPA and Congress Take Action; Curbing Climate Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry Now, Not Later; New Methane Standards in Pennsylvania; Aliso Canyon and Lost Hills: Symptons of a Broken System; and more.

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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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Gas flare - black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

Cut Methane Pollution Now!

The oil and gas industry is carelessly leaking millions of tons of methane pollution and toxic chemicals into the air that harm our health and speed up climate change

From We All Live Downstream

Hillary CLinton for President. Credit: Joseph Sohm /
October 3, 2016

The Clean Water Act. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Complicated important laws with lofty goals.

We think a lot about these two laws. Together, they represent a vision that we should act like  water matters. That we ought to end pollution into our nation’s water bodies. That what comes out of the tap should be safe to drink.

Sacred Stone Camp NoDAPL message. Photo Credit Joe Bursky - Creative Commons
September 13, 2016

The DAPL has all the hallmarks of a mismanaged project: original government approval was provided in a fast-tracked process; the DAPL Environmental Assessment (EA) lied about input from the Standing Rock Tribe and the American Council on Historical Preservation by saying the project "avoided culturally significant sites.

pump jack / photo: shutterstock, Arina P Habich
July 11, 2016

If it feels like the oil and gas industry has a leg up when it comes to developing policies that affect our health and the environment – you are not crazy.

That is exactly what has been happening for decades and it’s not an accident. There has been a calculated effort from the industry to leverage its resources to influence policy decisions and to elect favorable candidates to develop those policies.