Protecting Pennsylvania from Oil and Gas Development

Clean Water Action believes strongly in Pennsylvanians' constitutional right to clean water and air. Clean Water Action is working to protect the health and environment of our communities from oil and gas operation's harmful impacts.

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action

Don't let elected officials weaken protections for our water and health!

In 2018 we successfully defeated a package of bills crafted under the guise of “regulatory reform”.

Back to the 80s? photo: istock.com

Don’t Take Oil and Gas Protections Back to the 80’s

The state legislature is moving bills (SB 1088/HB 2154) that would roll back protections for shallow oil and gas drilling to 1984 standards.

Pennsylvania Currents -- Spring-Summer 2018

Pennsylvania Currents -- Spring-Summer 2018

In this issue: Primary Election Brings Victories to Environmental Leaders; SEPTA 100% Clean Energy; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Taking Steps to End Lead Exposure; Fighting to Protect the Public from the Oil and Gas Industry; Victory for Clean Air!; What Can Our Next Governor do to Protect Our Environment?

Pennsylvania Currents

Pennsylvania Currents - Spring | Summer 2017

In this issue: Pennsylvania Action on Methane Pollution; Legislators Seek to Stop Efforts to Clean Up Plastic Bags; Communities at Risk from Lead in Drinking Water; and more.

From We All Live Downstream

April 3, 2019

In the predawn hours of Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018, early rising residents of the Monongahela Valley southeast of Pittsburgh might have thought they were getting surprised by an early sunrise, but the reality was just as surprising and much more dangerous. A massive fire at the Clairton Coke Works (CCW) painted the sky red and orange as on site first responders and steelworkers heroically battled a blaze that stretched the size of a football field.

Oil and gas operations
October 23, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow, keynoting the Shale Insight Conference.

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock
February 1, 2018

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of celebrating a significant victory for air quality and health by finalizing strong controls for methane emissions from new oil and gas operations through updated permits. At the same time however, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are introducing weak concepts, draft ideas that could end up as policy proposals, to control emissions from the nearly 10,000 fracked wells and numerous oil and gas operations already in existence.