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Race Track Hill site
November 17, 2017

On Thursday, news broke of a spill from the Keystone pipeline. The 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of toxic tar sands oil that was discharged into South Dakota grasslands was the largest spill on the Keystone to date. But every day, the oil industry intentionally discharges far greater volumes of toxic wastewater in the environment, and nobody seems to notice.

MInneapolis skyline, photo: istock, stevieg999
November 16, 2017

While Clean Water Action's endorsed candidates fell short in mayoral races in St. Paul and Minnesota, both cities elected progressive reformers who we look forward to working with to build greener and healthier communities.

Oil and gas well silhouette photo: shutterstock, Calin Tatu
November 16, 2017

How would you react if oil drillers wanted to spread their toxic waste on an open field next to your drinking water supply? You would surely be as outraged as the people of Chireno and Nacogdoches were last summer when they reached out to Clean Water Action for help.

Split Rock Lighthouse, photo: flickr.com/jsorbie  (CC BY 2.0)
November 16, 2017

It’s been a busy year here at Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund continuing our fight to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams, and to ensure safe and affordable drinking water for all Minnesotans. We need your help today on Give to the Max Day to keep fighting for clean water!

EOR Schematic
November 14, 2017

While CCUS may eventually prove to be a viable strategy for addressing climate change, using captured carbon to increase the production of oil and gas undermines the climate mitigation goals of carbon capture and storage. At the same time, CO2-EOR presents risks to groundwater, the environment, and the health of communities living near oil fields. As a known threat to drinking water sources, enhanced oil recovery is regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

Retailer Report Card
November 14, 2017

A new Retailer Report Card from Mind the Store, a project of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, grades major retailers on actions they have taken to remove toxic products from their shelves.

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
November 10, 2017

We didn’t have the Governor on our side. We definitely didn’t have the support of the Republican legislative leaders. And we were up against some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world. And guess what? We WON!

photo: flickr.com/gambier20 (CC BY 2.0)
November 9, 2017

Fossil fuel champions repeatedly introduce legislation to eliminate the long-term monitoring requirements for enhanced oil recovery operations that use carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act, introduced by Senator Hoeven and Daines, is a pure handout to the oil industry.

Vote pins. Credit: luismmolina / iStockPhoto
November 8, 2017

We had some great victories and much needed wins last night.

Here in New Jersey, Clean Water candidate Phil Murphy won as the next governor with a double digit mandate!

Theresa Thompson / Creative Commons
November 8, 2017

On Tuesday, November 7, the people of Virginia led the way and voted for clean water, climate action and the environment, and voted against the Trump Administration’s anti-science agenda.

Through the support of clean water voters like you, Ralph Northam won the race for governor and Kathleen Murphy won her reelection to the House of Delegates. This is a huge victory for our environment, our water and our communities.

Last night showed that Americans are rejecting leaders who won't join us to protect our rights, our environment, and our health.