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.

Prohibit crude oil terminals in Baltimore!

The Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition is Baltimore's best chance to prevent our Port from becoming a crude oil hub and putting thousands of people in danger. 

Recent Actions

Protect Public Health and Fight Climate Change - Save the Clean Power Plan

Don't let this dangerous proposal be the last word on whether we will take action to fight climate change - tell EPA that canceling the Clean Power Plan is a bad idea and that we should do everything we can to reduce pollution from power plants.

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 the Pennsylvania Senate block climate action

Despite President Trump’s disastrous decision to pull out the Paris Climate Accords, states across the country remain committed to working to address climate change and protect public health.

No drilling in the Arctic!

Opening up the Arctic would fly in the face of public opinion and longstanding bipartisan efforts to protect this fragile ecosystem against the greed of millionaires and corporate polluters. We cannot let Congress rubber stamp an agenda that does irreversible damage to the iconic Arctic Refuge.

 

Press Releases

November 7, 2017

Today, a coalition of environmental and climate justice, Indigenous rights, public health, consumer, and environmental groups delivered two letters urging lawmakers to oppose including the giveaway of billions of taxpayer dollars to the fossil fuel industry in any tax bill. Advocates are worried that a provision to expand the Section 45Q tax credit to oil, gas, and coal companies could be quietly snuck in through negotiations on House and Senate tax bills.

October 26, 2017

"This mean-spirited budget is completely at odds with American values. It will hurt millions of people and devastate our communities and climate. Congress is acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary of polluting industries, and this recklessness is more proof that Congressional leaders will do whatever these special interests ask them to do, no matter the consequences."

August 2, 2017

New Report: Enhanced oil recovery threatens drinking water.

Regulators lack the resources and data to oversee an estimated 60% of U.S. oil production.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Race Track Hill site
November 17, 2017

On Thursday, news broke of a spill from the Keystone pipeline. The 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of toxic tar sands oil that was discharged into South Dakota grasslands was the largest spill on the Keystone to date. But every day, the oil industry intentionally discharges far greater volumes of toxic wastewater in the environment, and nobody seems to notice.

Oil and gas well silhouette photo: shutterstock, Calin Tatu
November 16, 2017

How would you react if oil drillers wanted to spread their toxic waste on an open field next to your drinking water supply? You would surely be as outraged as the people of Chireno and Nacogdoches were last summer when they reached out to Clean Water Action for help.

EOR Schematic
November 14, 2017

While CCUS may eventually prove to be a viable strategy for addressing climate change, using captured carbon to increase the production of oil and gas undermines the climate mitigation goals of carbon capture and storage. At the same time, CO2-EOR presents risks to groundwater, the environment, and the health of communities living near oil fields. As a known threat to drinking water sources, enhanced oil recovery is regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.