Don't Frack with Texas' Health & Water

Clean Water Action is working in partnership with other state and local organizations to bring stronger regulations to the hydraulic fracturing industry in Texas. No state has more hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations under way than ours. Fracking is usually accompanied by horizontal drilling and is poorly regulated. Impacts on public health, the environment and property values can be dramatic.

Pumpjacks with a methane flare in the background. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

Texas Aquifer Exemptions

The Railroad Commission of Texas has failed to implement Safe Drinking Water Act protections and allowed injection activity into underground sources of drinking water — removing them from future supplies at a time of rapid population growth and recurrent drought.

State of Texas Aquifer Exemption Project -- Report by Texas Railroad Commission

In November 2017, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), which regulates the state’s oil and gas operations, submitted a report on its Class II Underground Injection Well Control (UIC) program to EPA. This report, which Clean Water Action received via an open records request, has not been published on either agency's web page.

Texas Messing With Texas: New Report Find Railroad Commission Fails to Protect Drinking Water from the Oil and Gas Industry

“The failure of the Texas Railroad Commission to implement federally mandated Safe Drinking Water Act protections leaves Texans in the dark about the security of their underground sources of drinking water," said David Foster,  Clean Water Action Texas State Director

Wastewater treatment plant. Credit: You Belong in Longmont (Flickr)

Don't Let Companies Dump Fracking Wastewater Into Our Surface Water!

The Texas Legislature is on the verge of passing a bill (House Bill 2771) that would let oil companies discharge fracking wastewater into our river

From We All Live Downstream

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.

shutterstock, Lori Martin
August 26, 2016

The Sunset Review of the Texas Railroad Commission is well underway, and on Monday, August 15 I joined dozens of other Texans to speak out at the Sunset Advisory Commission's public hearing at the State Capitol.