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. 

Recent Actions

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.

Tell your legislators: Stop the Snyder-Enbridge Line 5 tunnel scheme!

Right now, lawmakers in Lansing are attempting to amend the Mackinac Bridge Authority to make the Bridge Authority responsible for owning an oil tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Tell your lawmakers to reject SB 1197 today!

Pledge to hold Shady Schuette Accountable!

Sign our pledge today to get involved with our efforts to hold Bill Schuette accountable for his record of protecting major corporate polluters at the expense of the Great Lakes.

Take Action to Protect Virginia from Toxic Coal Ash

Contact your representative to SUPPORT legislation that will protect clean water and public health from coal ash pollution!

Press Releases

May 6, 2019

Clean Water Action is holding its 33rd annual conference, Unity and Action NOW, on Saturday, June 8th at Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, NJ. 

May 2, 2019

Lack of cleanup for Clairton in US Steel announcement highlighted

April 10, 2019

The Murphy Administration's State of the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) address today left more questions than answers according to Clean Water Action. 

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Swampy and Bernhardt
April 3, 2019

Last week we organized to oppose President Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Interior. David Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist and lawyer with extensive conflicts of interest, has used his position at DOI to harm America’s public lands, waters and wildlife and gut some of the nation’s landmark conservation victories at the behest of corporate special interests.

Belridge oil field. Credit Sarah Craig
March 28, 2019

New analysis finds big impacts in oil producing states

Pumpjack at the Lost Hills Oil Field
February 19, 2019

My name is Jesus Alonso, and I am the Kern Environmental Justice Community Organizer for Clean Water Action. I was born and raised in Lamont, a small, low-income, Spanish-speaking migrant community in Kern County. I am passionate about our work in Kern, not only because it is where I grew up but because the hard-working people of Kern face some of the worst environment-related health impacts and poorest air quality in our state. Multiple nearby pollution sources, including agriculture and oil and gas infrastructure, continually fill our air with contaminants.