Clean Water Action works to protect water, health, climate and communities from oil and gas while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy. We work to secure the strongest possible protections to limit the impacts of oil and gas development and to end the special treatment for the fossil fuel industry at the local, state, and national levels.
Recent IPCC and federal studies are clear: we have to act now. Bold decisions are needed to decarbonize power girds and invest in renewable energy sources to . The polar vortex and deep freeze across the Midwest is another reminder that we need strong local and state leadership to fill the vacuum created by a federal pull back on action on climate.
When the U.S. Congress first passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1974, it authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a program to protect vital under- ground drinking water resources from risks of industrial activities in which fluid is injected
into the ground. However, Congress also included language mandating that EPA not “interfere with or impede” oil and gas production unless it is “absolutely essential” in order to protect underground sources of drinking water.
The regulatory and legislative history of the SDWA Underground Injection Control Program (UIC) demonstrates the impact of this language on the UIC program’s evolution.
“As we struggle to secure clean air and clean water for families here in the Central Valley, the last thing we need is irresponsible companies dumping their toxic water near our communities, endangering both water and air, and placing our families at risk.” said Jesus Alonso, Kern Community Organizer at Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action. “This incredible victory is a testament to the power of community residents and allies working together to hold industry accountable and help families breathe a little easier.”