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

Don’t let the Pennsylvania Senate block climate action

Despite President Trump’s disastrous decision to pull out the Paris Climate Accords, states across the country remain committed to working to address climate change and protect public health.

Tell your legislators: Stop the Snyder-Enbridge Line 5 tunnel scheme!

Right now, lawmakers in Lansing are attempting to amend the Mackinac Bridge Authority to make the Bridge Authority responsible for owning an oil tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. Tell your lawmakers to reject SB 1197 today!

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.

Who deserves clean air and water?

Everyone deserves clean energy and a healthy environment, but many Massachusetts communities bear a greater health burden from fossil fuel pollution.

Press Releases

December 20, 2018

In an effort to prevent the federal government from allowing harmful drilling off the New Jersey coast, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today joined a multistate lawsuit to reverse federal approval of seismic testing along the eastern seaboard.

December 20, 2018

Clean Water Action released the following statement today at Governor Murphy's bill signing of the NJ Transit reform bill (S630, sponsored by Senators Weinberg [D-Bergen], Kean [R-Union], and Greenstein [D-Middlesex] as well as Assembly members McKeon [D-Essex], Benson [D-Mercer] and Jones [D-Camden]).

December 5, 2018

Trenton, NJ -- Clean Water Action released the following statement in response to NJDEP's proposed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) rule announced at noon today.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

January 2, 2019

The Sun was right to call for greater public transparency about rail traffic through the Howard Street Tunnel, as the public is poised to provide even larger subsidies to renovate it (“CSX back on track,” December 17, 2018). Our region’s railroads are critical to the health, safety, and economic development of Baltimore: a huge volume of commodities travel quickly and efficiently by rail, but bottlenecks like the Howard Street Tunnel restrict that flow.

Great Lakes / photo: flickr.com/gsfc (CC BY 2.0)
December 13, 2018

As I take time to reflect on what we’ve done this year, I’m struck by the tremendous progress we’ve made together. We’ve done a lot in 2018 to ensure a future where all Michiganders have access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.

Oil and gas operations
October 23, 2018

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