Protecting Pennsylvania from Oil and Gas Development

Clean Water Action believes strongly in Pennsylvanians' constitutional right to clean water and air. Clean Water Action is working to protect the health and environment of our communities from oil and gas operation's harmful impacts.

Clean Water Action Applauds Governor Wolf’s Efforts to Protect State Parks and Forests

Clean Water Action applauded Governor Tom Wolf's executive order reinstating the moratorium for new natural gas leasing of our state parks and forests.

Failure to Enforce

Clean Water Action looked at how the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection did in 2011 for enforcing environmental rules on Marcellus Shale gas drilling companies.

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Pennsylvania Currents - Spring-Summer 2016

Pennsylvania Currents - Spring | Summer 2016

In this issue: Cutting the gas industry's climate impact; Methane pollution; Lead in our water; Extreme energy production film festival; Fighting for better air and winning; Heavy Seas supports Clean Water; and more.

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Pennsylvania Currents - Fall 2015

Is Philadelphia Prepared for an Oil Train Disaster?

Pennsylvanians remain concerned with dangerous oil trains, especially in Philadelphia, the largest recipient of Bakken crude oil in the nation. Two derailments have occurred in the city, including one that threatened the drinking water for 1.5 million people. Clean Water Action remains engaged in efforts to improve emergency management, educate residents, and implement stronger policies to protect health, communities and the environment.

From We All Live Downstream

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

There’s only one way to describe the recent revenue package (HB 118 & 542) that passed the Pennsylvania State Senate and is supported by Governor Wolf, which trades off enacting one the nation’s weakest severance taxes on natural gas drilling for inclusion of the most damaging set of environmental provisions we’ve seen in a long time, a raw deal. Is this situation giving you a feeling of déjà vu?

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
June 9, 2017

It’s clear that President Trump won’t be acting on climate or clean water – in fact everything he’s done has taken us backward. But here in Pennsylvania, we can make a difference.

Oil trains. photo: istock, breath10
July 5, 2016

Every year during the first weeks of July, thousands of people across North America participate in the Stop Oil Trains week of action to commemorate the 47 people who tragically lost their lives in Lac Megantic, Quebec when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded.