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. 

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Get Money Out of Politics Today!

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

Protect Baltimore City from Crude Oil Trains!

Alarming numbers of trains carrying explosive crude oil have been traveling to transfer terminals in Baltimore City and through Maryland to refineries along the East Coast since 2012, with no comprehensive study of the ext

Press Releases

May 10, 2017

"This is a win - but we know the fight is not over. There is much more we have to do to protect public health, air, and water from the impacts of the oil and gas industry."

“It's disturbing that the OCC may have permitted oil and gas wells to inject directly into potential drinking water sources, and that the agency can't accurately point to where the drinking water is located,” said the lead author of the report, John Noël of Clean Water Action. “That's fundamental to the OCC’s job - it is the agency that is supposed to protect Oklahomans' drinking water from the impacts of oil and gas activities. Without proper information, the OCC cannot assure that the state’s many thousands of injection wells have all been permitted safely.”

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

April 25, 2017

A few weeks after Maryland's whirlwind of a legislative session, it's time to dive deep on our local level campaigns.  Clean Water Action supporters across Maryland are fighting for clean air and water, healthy communities, a life-sustaining climate, and a meaningful democracy.  Here's what's g

April 17, 2017

For over a century, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and other industry that has put our environment and our communities in danger.   From coal-burning power plants and the BRESCO trash incinerator to crude oil train terminals and the coal export facility in South Baltimore, dirty energy has made Baltimore fail to meet health-based air quality standards, displaced residents, all while failing to supply enough jobs to keep Baltimore's economy strong.  But in the next tw

Oklahoma Drinking Water At Risk
April 6, 2017

A new report released by Clean Water Action has exposed major problems in Oklahoma’s oversight of the oil and gas industry. In addition to causing a huge spike in earthquakes, now it appears that injection wells may have also contaminated potential drinking water sources.