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.

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

question mark / photo: flickr.com/debord (CC BY-NC 2.0)
March 14, 2017

Last week, we introduced you to Donald Trump’s “beachhead hires” at EPA – executive branch staff who can be influential in determining an agency’s mission under a new President. Today, we’ll take a look at the Department of Energy beachhead hires.

 Capitol Dome with flag
March 13, 2017

Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are saying “regulatory reform” a lot. They are using this innocuous label to hide that their agenda poses a direct threat to clean water and more.

Tank cars travel on train tracks through Brunswick, MD
March 10, 2017

Last week, a freight train on its way to the Port of Baltimore derailed in Ijamsville, a small town in Frederick County.  Fortunately, although the train was carrying hazardous materials, none of the eight cars that derailed were punctured, and other than disruption to other freight shipments through Maryland, there were no impacts.  Read more about the derailment and see pictures in the Frederick News-Post.