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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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.

Recent Actions

Tell EPA: Reduce Methane Pollution

Let EPA Administrator McCarthy know you want strong standards for ALL sources of methane pollution before President Obama leaves office.

Get Out of the Pits

Oil and gas companies have been dumping their wastewater into unlined open pits, threatening groundwater and air quality. This disposal method is an irresponsible way for industry to save a few dollars, and it has contaminated groundwater in numerous cases.

Support the Baltimore Oil Train Ordinance

In June, residents of Baltimore woke to the news that a freight train carrying hazardous materials had derailed inside the Howard Street Tunnel, a century-old freight tunnel that runs for almost two miles underneath downtown Baltimore. 

Stop Fracking Methane Leaks in Pennsylvania

Let Governor Wolf know you support his plan to reduce methane emissions from shale gas operations.

Press Releases

September 14, 2016

BALTIMORE - This morning, 12 concerned Baltimore residents wearing red shirts bearing the message “Hear the Oil Trains B

September 13, 2016

BALTIMORE -- On the morning of Tuesday, September 13, a group of concerned residents will mark nine months of inaction on the citywide public safety and environmental threat posed by dangerous oil trains traveling through Baltimore.

August 26, 2016

“The failure of the Texas Railroad Commission to implement federally mandated Safe Drinking Water Act protections leaves Texans in the dark about the security of their underground sources of drinking water," said David Foster,  Clean Water Action Texas State Director

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Sacred Stone Camp NoDAPL message. Photo Credit Joe Bursky - Creative Commons
September 13, 2016

The DAPL has all the hallmarks of a mismanaged project: original government approval was provided in a fast-tracked process; the DAPL Environmental Assessment (EA) lied about input from the Standing Rock Tribe and the American Council on Historical Preservation by saying the project "avoided culturally significant sites.

Water protectors at the No DAPL Protest. Credit - Joe Brusky - Creative Commons
September 12, 2016

But what’s unique here is the opposition being led by Native folks, who insist on being referred to as ‘protectors’ rather than protesters. This is because their opposition to the ‘Black Snake’, as many of them call the pipeline, is based on concern about a spill on the mighty Missouri, the continent’s longest river, and the source of drinking and irrigation water for the reservation’s residents and millions of others. They assert encroachment by private interests on their ancestral lands.

August 31, 2016

California’s water regulators are finally cracking down on the harmful practice of dumping toxic oil wastewater into open pits, although slowly.