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.

Stop the Pipeline / Photo: Clean Water Action

Thank President Obama for acting on DAPL and tell your Senators to preserve this decision

After months of collective action led by water protectors in the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock, the Obama administration, through the U.S.

Recent Actions

Protect Aquifers from Oilfield Waste!

Please write today to the Sunset Commission and tell it to direct the Railroad Commission to protect underground sources of drinking water, a problem we detailed in a new report.

Address the Hazards Posed by Fracking

Representatives Sarah Roberts and Jeff Irwin have introduced a package of six bills to address the hazards posed by fracking.

Strong Protections Needed for Shell Ethane Cracker Plant

Urge the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to incorporate the strongest possible protections during the permitting process to hold Shell accountable now and into the future.

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.

Press Releases

November 30, 2016

EPA undermined the findings of the fracking and drinking water study when it added political spin into the executive summary and press release.

November 7, 2016

Clean Water Action supports the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as its members fight to protect treaty rights and their lands and water from damage from the proposed Dakota Access pipeline. We are disturbed to see way that officials have treated these peaceful "water protectors" as they defend their community and the drinking water sources for 17 million Americans downstream, on the Missouri River.

October 4, 2016

Scientists Say Oil & Gas Firms Used Toxic and Still-Hidden Chemicals In Production Of Wastewater Used to Irrigate Crops

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Capitol Dome in Annapolis, view of the Bay. Photo credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock
November 30, 2016

In Maryland, the General Assembly meets every year for ninety days, from January to April. During this time, the State’s legislators introduce legislation on a variety of issues and must work together to pass a budget for the year ahead. With the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session quickly approaching, Clean Water Action is putting together an ambitious plan to advocate for important legislation that will protect and preserve the environment.

coal car / photo: istock, brianbalster
November 23, 2016

Last week I outlined the numbing reality of climate change denier, Myron Ebell, leading the EPA transition team. Ebell is still in the running for the top EPA Administer job, but the odds favor a more under the radar candidate.

Maryland Gas Basins. Source USGS
November 21, 2016

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking has become quite the hot button issue, not just in the entire country, but also especially in Maryland. This invasive and dangerous method for obtaining natural gas could soon find its way to the state. In 2015 the Maryland General Assembly passed a two-year moratorium or ban on fracking.  However this temporary ban will be lifted in October 2017 and the Hogan administration seems more than eager to move forward with fracking in the state once the moratorium is lifted.