Press Releases

January 20, 2017

President Trump is in for a huge surprise if he thinks Americans will allow him to reverse years of progress for our water, air, and public health.

(Jan 18, 2017, Oakland, California)—The California Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) announced yesterday that it plans to halt oil and gas wastewater and enhanced oil recovery injection in 475 oil wells, but that it will continue allowing the industry to inject directly into federally protected aquifers at 1650 wells.

The decision jeopardizes future drinking water sources, as it allows continued injection activities into non-exempt aquifers that meet the federal standard for an underground source of drinking water.

January 18, 2017

Scott Pruitt's pay-for-play politics are a direct threat to our water, air and climate. The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency must be guided  by science - not campaign contributions from big polluters.

January 17, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – As Gov. Snyder touted signing comprehensive overhaul of Michigan’s energy laws at his State of the State address, Clean Water Action called on the Governor to do more to protect the health of Michigan families and make sure all Michiganders have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.

January 13, 2017

LANSING — Following today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, grassroots community organizations released the following statements.

LANSING, Mich. – Clean Water Action today applauded the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for its ruling yesterday that DTE Energy should have obtained a permit for increasing emissions after the company expanded its Monroe power plant in 2010.

January 10, 2017

Advocates Say Administration and Legislature Must Create a Sustainable Funding Source to Guarantee Safe Water

Sacramento, CA | January 10, 2017 --- Water justice advocates and environmental, health, rural, equity, and environmental justice organizations were encouraged that language in the Governor’s budget referenced safe and affordable water. However, advocates urged the Governor to prioritize developing a sustainable funding source this year to ensure all Californians have safe and affordable drinking water.

December 30, 2016

December 30, 2016 (Oakland, California)—Following ongoing campaigning by environmental groups including Clean Water Action, California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has given seven companies, including Chevron, until December 31 to end their practice of injecting wastewater and other fluids into California’s aquifers, or face stiff fines.

The ruling covers 10 California aquifers that were historically used by the companies to discharge wastewater from drilling operations, despite federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protections.

December 15, 2016

"This is a perfect example of what can happen when we don't put drinking water first,” said David Foster, State Director for Clean Water Action. “The TCEQ needs to get to the bottom of this ASAP and issue fines high enough to punish and to deter future incidents."

December 14, 2016

A new Gas Leaks Ordinance filed by Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley passed the council by 12-1 on Wednesday December 14, 2016. This ordinance is a critical step towards addressing Boston’s deteriorating natural gas infrastructure. Gas leaks cover the city and pose a huge risk to public health, contribute to climate change, and kill trees.