National Publications

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch

Putting Drinking Water First to Address Nutrient Pollution

June 5, 2018

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 the United States has made great progress in cleaning up industrial chemicals and sewage pollution, but has failed to significantly reduce run-off of nutrient pollution into our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays. Nutrient pollution refers to nitrogen   and phosphorus, which are essential life elements that have enabled agriculture production in the United States to thrive, but at a huge cost to water quality.

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Carbon Capture and Release

May 21, 2018

Oversight Failures in the Section 45Q Tax Credit for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Executive Summary

Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR)

November 14, 2017

CO2-EOR presents risks to groundwater, the surface environment, and the health of communities living near oil fields.

 

Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy

Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy

August 23, 2017

Americans should understand the goal of the oil and gas industry: drill, extract, and burn all the oil and gas resources it can acquire. The business plan is to burn it all.Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy

Chevron Midway-Sunset EOR Well Blowout

The Environmental Risks and Oversight of Enhanced Oil Recovery in the United States

August 2, 2017

Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is the most common oil recovery practice in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 60% of domestic crude oil production. EOR involves the injection of fluids underground to increase the flow of oil and gas to the surface. Despite its prevalence, EOR is largely unknown to the public, poses threats to groundwater, and lacks adequate oversight from state and federal regulators.