Protecting Pennsylvania from Oil and Gas Development

Clean Water Action believes strongly in Pennsylvanians' constitutional right to clean water and air. Clean Water Action is working to protect the health and environment of our communities from oil and gas operation's harmful impacts.

Clean Water Action Applauds Governor Wolf’s Efforts to Protect State Parks and Forests

Clean Water Action applauded Governor Tom Wolf's executive order reinstating the moratorium for new natural gas leasing of our state parks and forests.

Failure to Enforce

Clean Water Action looked at how the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection did in 2011 for enforcing environmental rules on Marcellus Shale gas drilling companies.

Pennsylvania Currents - Spring-Summer 2016

Pennsylvania Currents - Spring | Summer 2016

In this issue: Cutting the gas industry's climate impact; Methane pollution; Lead in our water; Extreme energy production film festival; Fighting for better air and winning; Heavy Seas supports Clean Water; and more.

Pennsylvania Currents - Fall 2015

Is Philadelphia Prepared for an Oil Train Disaster?

Pennsylvanians remain concerned with dangerous oil trains, especially in Philadelphia, the largest recipient of Bakken crude oil in the nation. Two derailments have occurred in the city, including one that threatened the drinking water for 1.5 million people. Clean Water Action remains engaged in efforts to improve emergency management, educate residents, and implement stronger policies to protect health, communities and the environment.

From We All Live Downstream

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock
February 1, 2018

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of celebrating a significant victory for air quality and health by finalizing strong controls for methane emissions from new oil and gas operations through updated permits. At the same time however, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are introducing weak concepts, draft ideas that could end up as policy proposals, to control emissions from the nearly 10,000 fracked wells and numerous oil and gas operations already in existence.

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
November 10, 2017

We didn’t have the Governor on our side. We definitely didn’t have the support of the Republican legislative leaders. And we were up against some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world. And guess what? We WON!

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
August 10, 2017

There’s only one way to describe the recent revenue package (HB 118 & 542) that passed the Pennsylvania State Senate and is supported by Governor Wolf, which trades off enacting one the nation’s weakest severance taxes on natural gas drilling for inclusion of the most damaging set of environmental provisions we’ve seen in a long time, a raw deal. Is this situation giving you a feeling of déjà vu?