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.

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.”

Recent Actions

Act For Community Health

It’s time to act: contact your Senators to tell them to keep anti-environmental and public health policies out of the infrastructure plan. 

Who deserves clean air and water?

Everyone deserves clean energy and a healthy environment, but many Massachusetts communities bear a greater health burden from fossil fuel pollution.

Don’t Take Oil and Gas Protections Back to the 80’s

The state legislature is moving bills (SB 1088/HB 2154) that would roll back protections for shallow oil and gas drilling to 1984 standards.

Victory! We stopped the PSE&G Nuclear Bailout!

Governor Christie and his Democratic allies attempted to ram through lame duck legislation that will make customers pay millions to bail out two PSE&G nuclear plants. We didn't let them get away with it!

Press Releases

August 21, 2018

Bordentown, NJ – Canoeists took to the water today as they unfurled a banner proclaiming “Defend the Delaware; Ban Fracking and Frack Waste” from the boat ramp at Bordentown, New Jersey. At a press conference prior to the canoe launch, organizations working for a complete ban throughout the Delaware River Watershed on fracking, the processing and discharge of wastewater produced by fracking and water withdrawals for fracking, called on Governor Phil Murphy to stand with them.

August 20, 2018

Canoeists display banner on Delaware River against fracking and its waste

“Michigan does not need Line 5, yet our state bears all the risks associated with a devastating Line 5 oil spill and gets next to nothing in return,” said Sean McBrearty, Clean Water Action’s Michigan Program Organizer.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

April 20, 2018

We're getting so excited for our 32nd Annual Conference, Rise Up, Persist & Win, happening next weekend, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9 am to 5 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ. Don't miss our Keynote Speaker First Lady Tammy Murphy, who also serves as Secretary and charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, an organization founded by former Vice-President Al Gore.

April 2, 2018

Huge news: last week, Mayor Pugh signed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition! Thousands of people all across Baltimore - and as far away as Frederick County and even Whatcom County, WA - have spoken out against these extreme fossil fuel methods that put Baltimore neighborhoods in danger. Here are some highlights from experts, workers, and community leaders whose voices helped make this victory possible.

Flood wall in Matewan, WV commemorating the Mine Wars, photo: Neil Bhaerman
March 15, 2018

In the classrooms, and in state capitals, teachers are confronting powerful oil, gas, and coal industries. We should stand in solidarity with them and draw inspiration from their organizing