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.

Screenshot of methane leak in Butler County via Earthworks

Stop Fracking Methane Leaks in Pennsylvania

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

Recent Actions

Protect Drinking Water from Oil and Gas: Help Pass SB 248

Tell your legislator to support SB 248 to help protect drinking water sources from oil and gas drilling and wastewater disposal.

Sunset review for the Texas Railroad Commission

Please write the staff at the Sunset Commission and tell them to direct the Railroad Commission of Texas to improve protections for public health and the environment

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.

Press Releases

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

Last week the Texas Attorney General joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

July 28, 2016

Watchdog Groups Settle First-Ever Prop 65 Lawsuit to Clean Up Polluting Oil and Gas Wastewater Pits

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

shutterstock, Lori Martin
August 26, 2016

The Sunset Review of the Texas Railroad Commission is well underway, and on Monday, August 15 I joined dozens of other Texans to speak out at the Sunset Advisory Commission's public hearing at the State Capitol.

Oil Train photo by Jennifer Kunze
August 25, 2016

In Baltimore, Clean Water Action has been working for two years to prevent further oil train traffic from passing through our city and to make sure the City government, emergency services, and the public know all of the risks and health impacts that oil train shipments can cause. Our campaign is only a part of a nation-wide effort to stop oil trains, and the past few weeks have seen a lot of important victories and news across the country.

Gas flare near trees. Photo credit: Lakeview Images / Shutterstock
August 23, 2016

Enjoy this guest blog from our friends and allies at Conservation Colorado. If you haven't yet contacted the EPA about reducing methane pollution - act today!