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.

Act Now To Protect Groundwater from Oil and Gas

We need your advocacy help on three important state oil and gas bills that will protect the environment and public health.

Recent Actions

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. 

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

Press Releases

July 21, 2016

“California's new methane protections are an important step forward and will rein in pollution from one of the dirtiest industries in the state.” said Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action. “The oil and gas industry needs strong rules and strict enforcement to limit damage to communities and the climate. EPA should follow California’s lead and enact national methane standards for existing oil and gas infrastructure.”

July 11, 2016

Decision by Texas-based Targa Terminals Reduces Dangerous Bakken Oil by Rail Through City

June 14, 2016

(Pittsburgh) – EPA announced yesterday that it has finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges of fracking wastewater by municipa

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

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Pumpjacks with a methane flare in the background. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock
July 22, 2016

On Thursday, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) took a big step to rein in harmful emissions from oil and gas operations. Methane, a common byproduct of oil production and a major component of gas, is a potent greenhouse gas that is 86 times more heat trapping than carbon dioxide in the short term.

Baltimore Oil Train Action July 2016 (Jennifer Kunze, Clean Water Action)
July 11, 2016

Wednesday, July 6th marked the third anniversary of the deadly oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, when 47 people lost their lives in the fires caused by train cars carrying crude oil derailing and breaching in the center of their town.  In commemoration of this tragedy, over 60 communities across the continent put at risk by oil trains are holding vigils and protests this week to draw attention to the deadly risks of these shipments. In Washington DC,  we j

pump jack / photo: shutterstock, Arina P Habich
July 11, 2016

If it feels like the oil and gas industry has a leg up when it comes to developing policies that affect our health and the environment – you are not crazy.

That is exactly what has been happening for decades and it’s not an accident. There has been a calculated effort from the industry to leverage its resources to influence policy decisions and to elect favorable candidates to develop those policies.