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.

Drilling rig in Lost Hills, photo by A. Grinberg

Tell Congress to support the Frack Pack to protect communities!

The oil and gas industry has leveraged its massive political spending, lobbying and public relations spin machine into loopholes across our federal environmental laws and regulations.

Recent Actions

Oppose the wastewater permit for Killingly fracked gas power plant

On April 27, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced plans to give the proposed Killingly fracked gas power plant a permit to discharge up to 90,000 gallons of wastewater daily.

Ask President Biden to Support Shutting Down Line 5

Enbridge is trying to block action by Michigan’s Governor to protect us from a catastrophic oil pipeline rupture in the Straits of Mackinac.

Tell the Michigan Public Service Commission to Reject the Line 5 Tunnel Scheme!

The Michigan Public Service Commission is currently accepting comments on Enbridge’s request to relocate Line 5 in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Protect Communities from Oil and Gas Pollution

You can help protect the millions of Californians hurt by polluting oil and gas drilling practices by taking action right now! Tell your legislators to support SB 467.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

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April 7, 2021

The oil and gas industry wields enormous political power. Massive spending on elections and lobbying, a relentless spin machine and agency capture at all levels of government have given fossil fuel companies outsized influence on our political, legislative and regulatory processes.

Calendar counting down to May 12th, 2021 - Deadline for Line 5 Shutdown
November 28, 2020

On November 13th, after 15 months of reviewing violations of Enbridge’s 1953 easement to operate Line 5, Governor Whitmer and the Department of Natural Resources revoked and terminated the 1953 easement allowing Line 5 to operate in the Straits of Mackinac. This was a huge victory, and is something that Clean Water Action and our allies have been demanding and working towards for years. We are celebrating this victory, but the fight to decommission Line 5 continues.  Here are the most relevant moving pieces and next steps.