California Issues Emergency Regulations on Oil and Gas Injection Aquifer Exemptions - Clean Water Action Responds

April 2, 2015. Sacramento, CA - Today, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) issued draft emergency regulations on aquifer exemptions under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The emergency regulations describe the process that the state will use for submitting applications to US EPA for exempting aquifers which enable oil and gas companies to inject fluids for waste disposal or enhance oil recovery (EOR). The text of the draft regulations and how to submit a comment can be viewed here.

Clean Water Action issued the following  statement in response:

Californians At Risk

State lawmakers slam oil regulators after embarrassing lapses

he agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources are trying to untangle years of chaotic operation.

But the fixes aren’t happening fast enough to satisfy many state lawmakers. In recent weeks, elected officials have publicly chided the agency, launched their own investigations and introduced at least a half-dozen bills that aim to recast DOGGR’s mission to prioritize protecting public health and the environment over promoting energy development.
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Obama's regulations on fracking don't satisfy either side in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The White House has released new regulations that will impact hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – wells across the United States.

Kern County has more fracking than anywhere else in California, and it’s been going on for more than half a century.

Now, President Barack Obama wants it regulated nationwide.

Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial process that sparked an oil boom in the United States. Many people have suspicions that it’s also sparked a huge public health risk.

“There’s no proven or no determination that there's been any environmental harm from hydraulic fracturing,” said Nick Ortiz of the Western States Petroleum Association.
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ReThink Disposable Program Materials and Publications

ReThink Disposable for Local Governments

Currently, ReThink Disposable is active in eight Bay Area jurisdictions.

  • City of San Francisco
  • City of Oakland
  • City of South San Francisco
  • San Mateo County
  • Alameda County
  • City of San Jose
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of Sunnyvale

Contact us today to join the movement and implement the ReThink Disposable program in your jurisdiction.  To find out how to partner and other ways to participate, contact Samantha Sommer, ReThink Disposable Program Manager, at:, 415-369-9174

ReThink Disposable in the Community

Simple behavior changes and personal consumer choices can significantly impact how much waste and potential litter each of us produces.

  • Check out our tips and strategies to unpackage your life and start reducing, reusing, refusing, and reacting now!
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Stay tuned for the next Lunchbox Project Event.

  • Watch videos from previous Lunchbox Events here.


Get Pampered for Clean Water

Earth Month 2015Aveda’s Earth Month Season is upon us and there are some great opportunities to pamper yourself while helping protect our water in this time of drought. 

Several Aveda salons and stores in Northern California are holding special events this year with “cut-a-thons”, facials, chair massages, and other treats to raise money for Clean Water Fund.  Taking advantage of these opportunities is simple. Make an appointment at one of the participating locations for the date and service they specify (below), and pay for it with a donation.  You’ll look and feel great and you’ll help us continue to fight for safe drinking water, water conservation, and pollution prevention.

What could be better?

Find an event below.

NJ Senate to Integrity: Drop Dead

4 Strikes and You're Still Not Out in the Pinelands

Trenton, NJ -- David Pringle, NJ Campaign Director of Clean Water Action, issued the following statement in response to the NJ State Senate's vote an hour ago on the Pinelands Commission that brought arm-twisting to new levels.

"Shame on Senate President Sweeney and Governor Christie for replacing an impeccably credentialed civil servant with an unqualified alternative. That is not the worse part - the arm twisting and dirty politics that led senators to vote against their conscious was beyond the pale. This nomination was defeated on its merits 4 times before the bullies got their way. So much for zero tolerance for bullies!

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03/16/2015 - 20:18

Buchanan Endorsed

Clean Water Action, a 40 year old grassroots environmental organization with more than 1 million members nationwide, announced its endorsement of Joan Buchanan in her campaign for State Senate. Buchanan, a former Assemblymember is running for State Senate District 7. Senate District 7 was vacated by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier earlier this year.

“Protecting the Delta and maintaining clean drinking water has always been a priority for me and for residents in the East Bay.” said Buchanan. “That is why I am honored to have the support of one of the leading advocacy groups for protecting our precious water resources.”
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