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 Fracking Methane Leaks in Pennsylvania

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

Stop The Use of Oil Wastewater for Irrigating Crops

Send a message to stop the irrigation of fruits and vegetables with toxic oil wastewater.

Protect Aquifers from Oilfield Waste!

Please write today to the Sunset Commission and tell it to direct the Railroad Commission to protect underground sources of drinking water, a problem we detailed in a new report.

Press Releases

October 4, 2016

Scientists Say Oil & Gas Firms Used Toxic and Still-Hidden Chemicals In Production Of Wastewater Used to Irrigate Crops

September 14, 2016

BALTIMORE - This morning, 12 concerned Baltimore residents wearing red shirts bearing the message “Hear the Oil Trains B

September 13, 2016

BALTIMORE -- On the morning of Tuesday, September 13, a group of concerned residents will mark nine months of inaction on the citywide public safety and environmental threat posed by dangerous oil trains traveling through Baltimore.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Trump. Credit Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons
October 19, 2016

Donald Trump publically shuns a “rigged system” and the “establishment.” But when it comes to assembling his team of advisors and the personnel he wants to lead government agencies under his administration, he has fully bought into the D.C. energy lobbyist establishment and policies from dark money think tanks.

Sacred Stone Camp NoDAPL message. Photo Credit Joe Bursky - Creative Commons
September 13, 2016

The DAPL has all the hallmarks of a mismanaged project: original government approval was provided in a fast-tracked process; the DAPL Environmental Assessment (EA) lied about input from the Standing Rock Tribe and the American Council on Historical Preservation by saying the project "avoided culturally significant sites.

Water protectors at the No DAPL Protest. Credit - Joe Brusky - Creative Commons
September 12, 2016

But what’s unique here is the opposition being led by Native folks, who insist on being referred to as ‘protectors’ rather than protesters. This is because their opposition to the ‘Black Snake’, as many of them call the pipeline, is based on concern about a spill on the mighty Missouri, the continent’s longest river, and the source of drinking and irrigation water for the reservation’s residents and millions of others. They assert encroachment by private interests on their ancestral lands.