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. 

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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.

Protect Baltimore City from Crude Oil Trains!

Alarming numbers of trains carrying explosive crude oil have been traveling to transfer terminals in Baltimore City and through Maryland to refineries along the East Coast since 2012, with no comprehensive study of the ext

Press Releases

May 10, 2017

"This is a win - but we know the fight is not over. There is much more we have to do to protect public health, air, and water from the impacts of the oil and gas industry."

“It's disturbing that the OCC may have permitted oil and gas wells to inject directly into potential drinking water sources, and that the agency can't accurately point to where the drinking water is located,” said the lead author of the report, John Noël of Clean Water Action. “That's fundamental to the OCC’s job - it is the agency that is supposed to protect Oklahomans' drinking water from the impacts of oil and gas activities. Without proper information, the OCC cannot assure that the state’s many thousands of injection wells have all been permitted safely.”

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

15 people hold signs saying "Stop Oil Trains" and showing train tank cars and flames as news media films
June 13, 2017

One year ago today, I was woken up by texts letting me know that a train had derailed in downtown Baltimore and asking me if I knew what was going on.  I had been working to fight crude oil trains for almost two years then, so I knew what might have happened if the train cars that had derailed had carried crude oil: an explosion and fire that would have killed community residents in their homes, damaged the campuses of the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and changed the face of Baltimore.  Fortunately, the cars carried liquified petroleum gas vapors and ac

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
June 9, 2017

It’s clear that President Trump won’t be acting on climate or clean water – in fact everything he’s done has taken us backward. But here in Pennsylvania, we can make a difference.

June 5, 2017

Our national news is full of bad news for the environment, but we don't need the Paris Climate Accords to fight climate change.  Here's some good news on our local campaigns across the state fighting for clean air, clean water, and health: