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.

Act For Community Health

It’s time to act: contact your Senators to tell them to keep anti-environmental and public health policies out of the infrastructure plan. 

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.

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.

Press Releases

May 21, 2018

“This is not a minor reporting error. This looks like flagrant noncompliance with a fundamental requirement that gauges the efficacy of carbon capture and storage technology as a climate mitigation tool. 45Q is close to useless without secure geological storage. The industry just took the money and ran,” said John Noel, National Oil & Gas Program Director.

April 20, 2018

Point Pleasant, NJ - On behalf of Clean Water Action a national organization and its nearly 1 million members nationwide with 100,000+ in the Garden State and in t

March 29, 2018

On March 28, 2018 Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition, protecting Baltimoreans from an increase in dangerous crude-by-rail traffic and positioning Baltimore as a national

Oil and Gas Blog Posts

April 20, 2018

We're getting so excited for our 32nd Annual Conference, Rise Up, Persist & Win, happening next weekend, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9 am to 5 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ. Don't miss our Keynote Speaker First Lady Tammy Murphy, who also serves as Secretary and charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, an organization founded by former Vice-President Al Gore.

April 2, 2018

Huge news: last week, Mayor Pugh signed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition! Thousands of people all across Baltimore - and as far away as Frederick County and even Whatcom County, WA - have spoken out against these extreme fossil fuel methods that put Baltimore neighborhoods in danger. Here are some highlights from experts, workers, and community leaders whose voices helped make this victory possible.

Flood wall in Matewan, WV commemorating the Mine Wars, photo: Neil Bhaerman
March 15, 2018

In the classrooms, and in state capitals, teachers are confronting powerful oil, gas, and coal industries. We should stand in solidarity with them and draw inspiration from their organizing