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.

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Tell Governor Wolf We Need Strong Protections from Existing Oil and Gas Emissions

It’s contradictory that at the same we’re finalizing strong rules for new operations; we introduce weak ones for existing operations. Sign our petition to Governor Wolf and demand equally strong protection to control methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations.

Recent Actions

Endorse the Decomission Plan

Take Action Now and Endorse the Oil & Water Don't Mix Plan to Decommission Line 5

Prohibit crude oil terminals in Baltimore!

The Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition is Baltimore's best chance to prevent our Port from becoming a crude oil hub and putting thousands of people in danger. 

Protect Virginia's Waterways From Toxic Coal Ash!

Coal ash, waste produced when coal is burned for energy, contains toxic heavy metals that have contaminated local waterways in the Commonwealth due to unsafe, unstable storage ponds.

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.

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Press Releases

February 13, 2018

"This is an outrageous attack on public health and our climate that will put communities at risk. It flies in the face of public opinion ─ people across the nation support this commonsense rule, as do 75% of westerners, who are most at risk."

February 12, 2018

Today the Appellate Court released their decision on NJ Sierra Club vs NJDEP on the Exxon settlement.

February 6, 2018

Today, more than 30 environmental, health and social justice organizations urged Congressional leaders to exclude an extension of the tax credit for carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) from any spending bill.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

February 16, 2018

On Wednesday, February 21, the Baltimore City Council's Land Use and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition: Baltimore's best chance for preventing a deadly crude oil train explosion.  Rally with us at noon in front of City Hall!  And to learn more, read our comments on the bill below.

 

Love Letters to the Fossil Fuel Industry
February 13, 2018

As an expert in love, I wrote last year on Valentine’s Day about the torrid love affair between President Trump, GOP congressional leaders, and the fossil fuel industry.

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.