Exposing Aquifer Exemptions

We are working to ensure that aquifers that could be used for drinking water are not sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry. Aquifer exemptions prioritize the fossil fuel industry over drinking water by writing off groundwater forever.

New Report Raises Questions About Colorado Oil and Gas Injection Wells and Threat to Drinking Water Sources

“Turning over aquifers to fossil fuel companies for injection should only be done with the most extreme caution - if at all. Colorado regulators do not even keep a list of which aquifers have been handed over to the industry, and EPA’s list is full of holes,” said report author, Andrew Grinberg.

Groups Petition EPA to Stop Letting Industry Dump Chemicals, Waste in Potential Drinking Water Sources

In light of elevated concern about drinking water, the public has a right to expect that sacrificing any potential drinking water source would be subject to the highest level of scrutiny.

Kern River Oil Field

Underground Injection: Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal and Enhanced Recovery

The majority of oil and gas wastewater in California is injected underground putting our aquifers at risk.

pump jacks / photo: shutterstock, huyangshu

Why is Texas Oil & Gas Wastewater Being Injected in Sources of Drinking Water?

Oil and gas companies in Texas have been injecting wastewater and other fluids in potential drinking water sources with a green light from the Railroad Commission.

From We All Live Downstream

April 4, 2016

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

US Map with Aquifer Exemptions plotted
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
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.