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

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.

Don't Let Rick Perry Become Secretary of Energy

Rick Perry's nomination as Energy Secretary is a swing and a miss when it comes to our energy future. He is one of the usual suspects - a big friend of the oil and gas industry.

Stop the Senate from repealing the BLM Methane & Natural Gas Waste Rule

Send a message to your Senators today. Tell them to reject the CRA Resolution to repeal the BLM Methane and Natural Gas Waste Rule.

Press Releases

February 17, 2017

Scott Pruitt is not qualified to lead EPA. He pledged to waste time and taxpayer resources by withdrawing the Clean Water Rule. He believes that debate about the reality human caused climate change and the need to act now should be encouraged. His radical views are out of step with the American public.

February 15, 2017

Public from numerous states and multiple constituencies floods meeting to tell Delaware River Basin Commission to protect the river watershed with a ban

January 24, 2017

This order doesn’t change the facts that pipelines spill and that these projects put the drinking water of millions at risk. This order also ignores the public process and environmental review that have stopped these pipelines in their tracks.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Welcome to the Stand, Lancaster Against Pipelines
February 22, 2017

With a federal government dominated by fossil fuel insiders and allies, it’s more important than ever for communities to stand together as one to protect their water, land, and health.

Love letters to the fossil fuel industry
February 14, 2017

Usually I don’t mind taking credit for a blossoming romance – especially a high profile one with unprecedented acts of devotion – but this time I have to clear the air.

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock
February 10, 2017

Congress is at it again. Big polluters and their friends are pushing an extreme agenda to gut our most important environmental, health and public protections. The attacks have started fast and furious, with handouts to the oil, gas and coal industry emerging as a top priority for Congressional Republicans.