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

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.

Protect families from oil and gas pollution

Please join Clean Water Action and impacted communities across California in asking for Governor Newsom to use his executive power to require a 2500-foot setback from oil and gas operations in order to protect our fencelin

Tell Your Legislators: Don’t Rollback Oil and Gas Protections to the 80’s!

They’re at it again. The state legislature is bringing back failed legislation (HB 1144) that would rollback protections for shallow oil and gas drilling to 1980’s standards.

Tell Governor Lamont Connecticut Doesn’t Need a Fracked Gas Power Plant!

Despite Governor Lamont’s commitment to a clean energy grid by 2040, the proposal to build a large, 650 megawatt fracked gas power plant in Killingly CT is moving forward.

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

Roadmap to Reform Report cover image
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.