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EOR Schematic

CO2-EOR is not a cleaner form of oil drilling.

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.

SAIS Clean Water Action Team

New Report on Enhanced Oil Recovery’s Threats to Drinking Water: Clean Water Action Teams Up With Johns Hopkins SAIS

August 15, 2017

Since September 2016, as part of the Johns Hopkins SAIS International Environmental and Energy Practicum, I have been researching in partnership with Clean Water Action in order to inform the public about a little-known method of oil and gas production: Enhanced Oil Recovery. The culmination of our team’s research is the new report, “The Environmental Risks and Oversight of Enhanced Oil Recovery in the United States.”

Recent headlines on California Groundwater

Behind Those California Water Headlines: Problem Solved! Let's All Go Home!?

July 6, 2016

What's behind the recent headlines on California groundwater? Does a new study suggest the problem is solved, and that we can all go home? Er...no! 

Sacrificing California’s Aquifers

April 4, 2016

California recently became the poster child for problems with oil and gas injection wells.

US Map with Aquifer Exemptions plotted

Challenging Oil and Gas Industry Practice of Legally Polluting Sources of Drinking Water

March 25, 2016

On March 23, we sent a legal petition to EPA requesting the Agency revoke or amend its rules governing Aquifer Exemptions.

Kern River Oil Field in California. Photo credit: Andrew Grinberg / Clean Water Action

Our Latest Trip Around the Sun: A 2015 Collection of Articles and Insights

January 3, 2016

Highlights from some of Clean Water's favorite insights and developments this year in the world of oil and gas, drinking water protection and climate change.

Pipeline, Mt. Poso

The Golden State Exemptions Part 2: The Aquifer Exemption Resistance

October 8, 2015

Resistance to erasing a drinking water source from potential use is happening in many communities like San Luis Obispo.

The Golden State Exemptions: California Aquifers Are Being Lost to the Oil and Gas Industry

October 6, 2015

In January, Clean Water Action exposed a little known secret in the Safe Drinking Water Act that lets oil and gas companies dispose of their wastewater and conduct oil and gas extraction activities directly in potential sources of drinking water. The secret is called an “aquifer exemption”.

Polluting our Democracy: Big Oil's Grip on Sacramento

September 25, 2015

Over the last month, the power and influence of the oil industry in the California Legislature has been clear.

Exposing Drinking Water Threats from Oil & Gas Activities

September 17, 2015

 We’re honored to have a feature article on Aquifer Exemptions in the most recent Journal of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water and Journal AWWA is widely read in the world of drinking water.