Last week, President Obama vetoed bill that would have forced approved of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The decision on the pipeline remains in the hands of the Administration now that federal agencies have commented on the project’s potential impacts. Please thank the President for this action, and for standing up to protect clean water and to take on climate change.
On February 11, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final Permitting Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing Oil and Gas Activities Using Diesel. Clean Water Action has worked to ensure that the processes are in place to implement the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) where diesel is used in hydraulic fracturing oil and gas drilling, and this was a positive step. We’re now urging EPA to move forward with a formal rulemaking process to make sure that proper permits can be issued in all states under SDWA’s Underground Injection Control Program, which is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water.