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.

Urge Governor Baker to say no to fracked gas

Tell Governor Baker that you don’t want new fracked gas pipelines in Massachusetts. 

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.

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Press Releases

March 13, 2019

Clean Water Action joined representatives of health professionals and organizations from throughout the Delaware River Watershed with residents today to testify before the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).

February 28, 2019

Clean Water Action sang the praises of today's overnight news that the owner of the BL England (aka Beasley Point) power plant in Ocean City has decided to retire it instead of continuing with a controversial plan to try and convert if from dirty coal to equally problematic frack gas power. 

February 13, 2019

A report released today documents the devastating climate impacts if 12 new frack gas projects in New Jersey move forward with one completed in 2018, in stark contrast to Governor Murphy’s stated commitment and legal requirements to combat global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

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.

October 15, 2018

Last week EPA held a public meeting in DC to share updates and take public comment on the agency’s study of oil and gas wastewater, also known as produced water. The oil and gas industry has grown significantly in water constrained states around the country, like Texas and New Mexico, and has a long history of putting drinking water sources at risk, from California to Pennsylvania.