Protect Water and Communities from Oil and Gas

Clean Water Action works to protect water, health, climate and communities from oil and gas while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy. We work to secure the strongest possible protections to limit the impacts of oil and gas development and to end the special treatment for the fossil fuel industry at the local, state, and national levels.

Aquifer Exemptions: The Report

Aquifer Exemptions: Sacrificing Groundwater for Oil and Gas Production

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. 

Drilling Rig at Dawn. Photo credit: tbob / iStock

Fracking Threatens Drinking Water

The US Environmental Protection Agency “...found specific instances where one or more of these mechanisms led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells.”

Return of the Swamp Creature: As Senate Holds Markup for Bernhardt's DOI Nomination, the Swamp Creature Returns to the Senate

"The President dove deep into the swamp and came up with David Bernhardt, who is even more troubling than Ryan Zinke," said Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass.

Money in Politics Cover

The Chilling Effect of Oil and Gas Money on Our Democracy

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.

From We All Live Downstream

Oil and water. Credit Andrew Grinberg
January 30, 2020

To stave off the worst effects of the climate crisis, the global and U.S. economies need to decarbonize as fast as possible. Capturing carbon emissions from industrial sources and pulling carbon out of the air via direct air capture are technologies we will likely need in our toolbox if we are to achieve net zero or negative greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump's Dirty Water Rule
January 23, 2020

The Trump administration finalized its signature Clean Water Act rollback, the Dirty Water Rule. This extreme interpretation of our bedrock water quality law rolls back the clock to a time when corporate polluters could dump toxic waste into rivers and streams and pave over wetlan

January 21, 2020

Fossil fuels not only drive the climate crisis, but also threaten our water