Oil and Gas

Clean Water is working to protect people and communities from oil and gas production's harmful environmental and health impacts while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy.

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. 

Recent Actions

Tell DEP we need the strongest methane rule possible

Let DEP know you’re grateful for their action on methane but want to see them finalize the strongest rule possible.

Don't let the PA Senate handcuff our ability to reduce methane

Pennsylvania’s rules to address methane emissions from new oil and gas operations were barely out for public comment when the State Senate introduced legislation to prevent their adoption.

Get Money Out of Politics Today!

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.

Press Releases

February 17, 2017

Scott Pruitt is not qualified to lead EPA. He pledged to waste time and taxpayer resources by withdrawing the Clean Water Rule. He believes that debate about the reality human caused climate change and the need to act now should be encouraged. His radical views are out of step with the American public.

February 15, 2017

Public from numerous states and multiple constituencies floods meeting to tell Delaware River Basin Commission to protect the river watershed with a ban

January 24, 2017

This order doesn’t change the facts that pipelines spill and that these projects put the drinking water of millions at risk. This order also ignores the public process and environmental review that have stopped these pipelines in their tracks.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Love letters to the fossil fuel industry
February 14, 2017

Usually I don’t mind taking credit for a blossoming romance – especially a high profile one with unprecedented acts of devotion – but this time I have to clear the air.

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock
February 10, 2017

Congress is at it again. Big polluters and their friends are pushing an extreme agenda to gut our most important environmental, health and public protections. The attacks have started fast and furious, with handouts to the oil, gas and coal industry emerging as a top priority for Congressional Republicans.

Senator Markey (D-MA) and the Wheel of Giveaways. Screenshot from CSPAN
February 6, 2017

If the first month of the 115th Congress, and the first two weeks of the Trump Inc Regime, has taught us anything, it’s that the fossil fuel industry calls the shots. Not that this is new, but with a Republican controlled House, Senate and President, the top priority has been to give their friends in the oil, gas and coal industries everything they want.