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.

Trump's Cabinet / Illustration by Jan Comport

Don't Let Rick Perry Become Secretary of Energy

Rick Perry's nomination as Energy Secretary is a swing and a miss when it comes to our energy future. He is one of the usual suspects - a big friend of the oil and gas industry.

Recent Actions

Tell EPA: Reduce Methane Pollution

Let EPA Administrator McCarthy know you want strong standards for ALL sources of methane pollution before President Obama leaves office.

Get Out of the Pits

Oil and gas companies have been dumping their wastewater into unlined open pits, threatening groundwater and air quality. This disposal method is an irresponsible way for industry to save a few dollars, and it has contaminated groundwater in numerous cases.

Support the Baltimore Oil Train Ordinance

In June, residents of Baltimore woke to the news that a freight train carrying hazardous materials had derailed inside the Howard Street Tunnel, a century-old freight tunnel that runs for almost two miles underneath downtown Baltimore. 

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

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 gi

December 13, 2016

Rick Perry has a long record of putting the interests of polluting industries who have funded his campaigns above the health and safety of ordinary people. It's hard to imagine a worse choice to head the US Department of Energy.

The nomination of Rex Tillerson is dangerous. Mr. Tillerson has spent a career putting the interests of his shareholders ahead of his country and the environment.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

We Can not Afford Donald Trump. Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com
January 20, 2017

On the same day that the Trump Administration scrubbed all mention of climate change and climate action from WhiteHouse.gov, it published what my colleague Lynn calls a "love letter to fossil fuels".

Scott Pruitt: Unfit to lead EPA
January 18, 2017

There are many reasons Scott Pruitt should not be allowed near the EPA building let alone lead the Agency. Put aside the fact that, instead of representing Oklahomans, Pruitt used the AG's office as a tool in his crusade to sue EPA 14 times.